Another win for Mortons

Orbity paved the way for possibly a successful week for the Queensland owners Glen and Lisa Morton when winning at Ruakaka today.

A Magic Albert filly bred by Lisa Morton, Orbity continued her improvement when proving too strong for her rivals in the Captain Rio 2YO Challenge, scoring in the hands of Matt Cameron by a length and a quarter.

It was Orbity’s second win in succession with her breakthrough success being at Rotorua on May 28. Beforehand she had been placed in each of her four starts.

Orbity is trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, who also prepared the talented Neo for the Mortons. Neo will be looking to cap some sound recent form with a win in the Office Products Depot Handicap at Awapuni on Saturday.

Neo has already proven a good moneyspinner for the Mortons, having won three races, including last October’s Gr.2 NZ Bloodstock Wellington Guineas.

Baker has been a long-time friend of the Morton family and has had plenty of success training their horses, including Prized Gem, winner of the Gr.1 Brisbane Cup and Gr.1 Kelt Capital Stakes, and her son, Nom du Jeu, who won the Gr.1 AJC Derby.

Both were raced by Glen Morton’s mother, Billie, who has also had success with another of Prized Gem’s progeny, Jeu de Cartes, winner of the Gr.2 DHL Counties Cup.

Orbity has a long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath as the above winners for the Mortons, but she is shaping up nicely and has shown ability from the outset.

Orbity is likely to return to Ruakaka for another juvenile event, though another option is the Listed Ryder Stakes at Otaki.

Because of her ability to handle wet tracks, she is likely to be on hand for the early season fillies races.