Baker and Forsman shine in Derby

Jon Snow (Damian Lane) continuing Murray Baker's great run in the Australian Derby yesterday.

Jon Snow (Damian Lane) continuing Murray Baker’s great run in the Australian Derby yesterday.

Murray Baker is making the Australian Derby his own, but his training partner, Andrew Forsman, was even more vital to his latest win in the Randwick feature with Jon Snow yesterday.

The Cambridge training partnership is a dominant force in New Zealand and has made a huge impression during their Australian raids.

Baker took his Group One tally of wins in Australia to 19 when Jon Snow captured the Gr.1 Australian Derby yesterday. It was also, incredibly, the fourth win in the race for Baker within the last 10 years.

The Derby success at Randwick started for Baker with Nom Du Jeu in 2008, then continued with Dundeel (2013) and Mongolian Khan (2015).

Now Jon Snow is up on the Australian Derby honours’ board alongside the greats and it was Forsman who put in the winning bid on the son of Iffraaj for $65,000 at the National Yearling Sales.

Baker stayed at home in Cambridge and left Forsman to enjoy the big occasion at Randwick, but his young training partner wasn’t about to take the credit for Jon Snow’s hard-fought three-quarters of a length win over the pacemaker Harper’s Choice.

“It’s a pleasure to be in partnership with a great trainer,” said Forsman. “He’s a master and knows how to bring them over here and get the job done.

“He knows how to get them fit and ready and I’m just glad we pulled it off.”

Jon Snow had finished third to Rosehill Guineas winner Gingernuts in the New Zealand Derby before heading to Sydney and immediately showing his class with a win in the Tulloch Stakes (2000) a week earlier.

Damian Lane was aboard in the Tulloch Stakes and again entrusted with the ride in yesterday’s Derby. The win one for Lane to savior as it was his first Group One win in Sydney.

“It’s a great thrill to win a Derby on such a seasoned horse,” said Lane. “Murray Baker has been a great trainer over many years now and Andrew does a great job as well.

“To be able to have a ride for them and win two good races in two weeks is a privilege and a credit to the horse.”

“He switched off outside the leader beautifully and when I switched him back on at the 600 he came up under me nice. It was almost a replica of last week.

“Jason Collet rated the leader beautifully and I was able to sit a length, length-and-a-half off and switch him back on at the 600 and it was all business from there.”