Big future tipped for two-year-olds

Aretha again proved up to top company when second in the Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes last weekend.

Though Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman didn’t win the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni last Saturday, they are excited for the future with talented two-year-olds Aretha and Holy Mongolemperor.

Aretha finished runner-up and Holy Mongolemperor ran home late to finish eighth.

“She’s a good filly, Aretha,” Baker said. “Her four starts have all been in Group races and she has won or been placed in them all.

“Holy Mongolemperor is very green. He lost his way a bit on Saturday unfortunately.

“He stretched out a bit in the last 200m when he got going. He’s just more of a three-year-old, but we had to have a crack.  It was a Group One.

“We know he is a bit rough around the edges, but I am sure next season he will certainly be a horse to follow.”

–NZ Racing Desk