Brother and mates celebrate

Talented Cambridge apprentice Alex Forbes put himself in the good books with his brother Mark and his brother’s mates when he was successful on Wrecking Crew at Te Rapa yesterday.

Wrecking Crew is trained by Forbes’ father, former successful jockey Graeme Forbes, and is raced by a syndicate set up by his brother.

“It’s Mark and a group of his mates that race the horse,” said Alex Forbes. “It was a thrill to win for them.”

Wrecking Crew, an Australian-bred son of Untouchable, had shown some promise leading up to yesterday’s victory. In seven leadup races he had been placed in the first five four times and his young rider was expecting a win.

“He had always looked like he’d win,” said Forbes. “He would be working like a superstar, but then some times little things would go wrong. One day I went for a run up the rail and got stopped and another time he got attacked on the truck by another horse on his way down to New Plymouth. I thought he’d win that day.”

Luck turned around for Wrecking Crew yesterday as he finished best to win the Pellows Funeral Directors 1600 by a neck from Callmelou.

The win was the fourth for Mark Forbes as an owner and his younger brother has been in the saddle in two of the victories.

Mark’s first win came with Enjoyit, a horse he races in a syndicate which includes his grandparents Gary and Caroline Tims. Enjoyit won on August 18, 2010 with Craig Grylls in the saddle and has won one since, with James McDonald aboard.

Alex Forbes’ first winning ride for his brother came with Eskabar on debut at Te Rapa on March 28. That was a happy result for all the family as the Tims’ also share in the ownership along with their daughter, Sheryl Forbes (mother of Alex and Mark).

Eskabar and Enjoyit are  both trained by Graeme Forbes, who has also given his son another winning ride, Kash Up in a maiden race at Te Aroha last September.

Now that Wrecking Crew has broken through for his first win, there is some confidence in the camp more success is in store.

The win on Wrecking Crew was the 37th for the season for Alex Forbes, who is continuing to make his mark as one of the most promising young riders.