Cambridge home of the strike rate kings

Stephen Marsh, ably assisted by his partner, Danielle Johnson, leads the way on the strike rate table. (Photo: Wally O'Hearn).

Stephen Marsh, ably assisted by his partner, Danielle Johnson, leads the way on the strike rate table. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn).


The Cambridge centre boasts the trifecta on the trainers’ strike rate ladder after the completion of the Auckland Cup Carnival.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable is like an out-of-control bushfire as it blazes through the season continuously winning races, including a growing list of major ones. And following last Saturday’s action it now sits on 76 wins, 20 clear of last season’s leading trainer, Lisa Latta, on the NZ Trainers’ Premiership.

That constant success is also displayed in the strike rate of 4.53 (from 344 starters), but in that department Baker and Forsman have to currently settle for a close second to another Cambridge stable, that of Stephen Marsh, who is fifth on the Premiership with 39 wins and sitting on a strike rate of 4.36 (from 170 starters).

Right on their heels, completing the trifecta for Cambridge, is Tony Pike, whose strike rate of 4.63 is from 139 starters. Pike has saddled up 30 winners and is lying 10th on the NZ Trainers’ Premiership.

To have three stables from the one centre at the top of the strike rate list is remarkable. Showing the enormity of the feat, they are the other stables with a strike rate of less than five in the top 49.

You have to go down to 50th equal placing and Te Rapa trainer David Greene and Matamata’s Jim Collett to find the next couple of trainers with less than a strike rate of five. And both prepare far lesser-sized teams than the three major Cambridge stables.

Greene has the best strike rate in the top 50 with 3.25 (eight winners from 26 starters), while Collett slips in behind Pike on 4.75 (eight winners from 38 starters).