Baker unperturbed by travel hitch

Jon Snow (pictured winning at New Plymouth) will be attempting to add to Andrew Forsman and Murray Baker's NZ 2000 Guineas' record on Saturday.

Jon Snow (pictured winning at New Plymouth) will be attempting to add to Andrew Forsman and Murray Baker’s NZ 2000 Guineas’ record on Saturday.

Three contenders for Saturday’s Gr.1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas missed their flight to Christchurch this morning after pilots refused to let the horses board the plane.

The Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs-trained pair of Mongolian Falcon and Wyndspelle and the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Jon Snow, as well as his New Zealand Cup-bound stablemate Maygrove, were not allowed to board the plane because of fog in Christchurch and will be forced to wait 24 hours for another flight.

The cargo plane taking the horses south flies from Auckland to Christchurch then on to Sydney. If fog was to prevent it landing in Christchurch the plane would be redirected straight to Sydney, where none of the horses were certified to land.

Fog had lifted by the time the plane arrived in Christchurch and it did land there today.

The two Baker-Forsman horses returned to Cambridge when they were not permitted to board the flight, while the two Logan-Gibbs gallopers headed to the Majestic Horse Transport base in Auckland.

Baker was unconcerned about the missed flight and didn’t expect the travel delay to affect his pair.

“We’ve just got to hope the plane goes tomorrow,” he said.

“Maygrove has travelled plenty before. We’ve just got to hope it doesn’t affect Jon Snow, which I don’t think it will. We’re happy with them both and expect them to run well.”

Logan took the unusual step of getting both her horses certified for Australia in the wake of today’s missed flight to ensure her horses would fly, though there is rain forecast for Christchurch tomorrow morning so the risk of fog was minimal.

The Logan and Gibbs-trained Mongolian Falcon is the $2.90 favourite for the 2000 Guineas, while stablemate Wyndspelle is on the fifth line of betting at $9.50 and Jon Snow, to be ridden by Opie Bosson, is at $11.

The Cambridge centre is represented by two runners in the 2000 Guineas with the more-fancied (by punters) being the Stephen Marsh-trained Ugo Foscolo at $5.50.

– NZ Racing Desk