Combo in form for Sydney

Opie Bosson returning to scale on Nailed It for Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman yesterday.

Opie Bosson returning to scale on Nailed It for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman yesterday.

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and jockey Opie Bosson are hoping the end to yesterday’s Te Aroha meeting will be a pointer to what lies ahead for the combination in Sydney tomorrow.

Bosson followed up a treble of wins at Matamata a day earlier with a win on the Baker and Forsman-trained Nailed It in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series 1600, the final event at Te Aroha, to mark his temporary farewell from New Zealand as he concentrates on the Sydney Autumn Carnival before taking up a three-month contract in Hong Kong.

“My contract in Hong Kong starts on April 24 and I’ll be in Sydney most of the time before then,” said Bosson. “I might come back for a couple of midweek meetings, but I’ll just see what happens.”

Bosson has four rides at Rosehill on Saturday and two of those are his regular mounts, the Baker and Forsman-trained Mongolian Khan and Turn Me Loose. He will also have his first ride in the Gr. 1 $A3.5 million Golden Slipper on the David Payne-trained French Fern and will ride the Bruce Wallace-trained Splendido (renamed Oh So Splendido) in the Gr. 1 $A600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas.

Baker is already in Sydney keeping tabs on Mongolian Khan and Turn Me Loose who will respectively contest the Gr. 1 $A700,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and the Gr. 1 $A1 million China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes. (1500m).

Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan is second-up, having resumed in the Gr. 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick last month.

“Mongolian Khan has improved greatly. We’re very happy with him,” Baker told the NZ Racing Desk from Sydney. “He trialled nicely last week. We just let him run around at Warwick Farm and he’s not far off top fitness.

“He might need another run yet but I expect him to go a good race.”

Should reigning New Zealand Horse Of The Year Mongolian Khan race to Baker’s satisfaction tomorrow he could back up in the Gr.1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill seven days later.

Meanwhile, a start in the Gr. 1 $A3 million Doncaster Mile at Randwick on April 2 awaits Turn Me Loose, who first takes on Winx, Press Statement, First Seal and Kermadec in a vintage edition of the George Ryder.

“He’s going well and we’re very happy with the horse,” said Baker yesterday. “I hadn’t seen him for three weeks before I arrived in Sydney yesterday and he looks terrific.

“But we’re taking on a strong field – Winx, Press Statement, who’s supposed to be the best three-year-old over here, Hucklebuck – and it doesn’t end there. Providing he runs well, he’ll be in the Doncaster.”

The Baker – Forsman stable also has big-race interest on the local front with Mime and Coldplay leading chances for the Gr. 1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m), the in-form filly Tomelilla a hope in the Gr. 2 Go Racing Syndications Wellington Guineas (1400m) and Saint Emilion a strong winning chance in the Listed Lincoln Farms New Zealand St Leger (2500m).

Stablemates Charmont and Luna Rossa contest support races, while at Te Rapa the stable will be represented by Okanagan, Del Rios and Elusive Gold.

Baker is banking on conditioning as his biggest asset as he prepares to confront New Zealand Oaks favourite Sofia Rosa with his talented fillies Mime and Coldplay.

“Sofia Rosa will take some beating but both our fillies have trained on well and they have both got a good base fitness for 2400m,” said Baker. “They have got the mileage under their belt.”