Debutante roars to victory

Opie Bosson returning to scale on Let Me Roar after an impressive win today.

Opie Bosson returning to scale on Let Me Roar after an impressive win today.

Well-bred three-year-old filly Let Me Roar lived up to expectations with a convincing win on debut at Rotorua today.

The Rip Van Winkle half-sister to Gr. 1 Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer was confidently expected to produce a be hard to beat in the Millennium Hotel Rotorua 3YO (1215m) but not many expected the win to be achieved with such deceptive ease.

Only moderately away from her inside barrier draw, Let Me Roar was quickly sent forward to dispute the pace by rider Opie Bosson before settling into a trailing position.

Angled into the clear approaching the home bend, the filly quickly put the issue beyond doubt as she bounded away to score easing down by just under two lengths.

Co-trainer Andrew Forsman was suitably impressed by the performance as he contemplated the future path for Let Me Roar.

“We think a fair bit of her as she had shown plenty at home and when she won her trial at Te Aroha,” he said. “It’s a different proposition on raceday though and she had to work hard for this one as she wasn’t that quickly away and did plenty of work early on.

“Opie came back in and said she still had a few gears left so that’s always nice to hear.”

Forsman was cautious about where to head with the filly preferring to let the dust settle on the win before making any further plans.

“They are only three once and while she obviously has potential she is still very green,” he said. “I think we will go home and see how she comes through race before we think too much further ahead. At least we do know we have something fairly exciting to work with.”

The victory by Let Me Roar will undoubtedly create further interest in Lot 376, her sister, at the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale Series. The yearling is part of the draft of Let Me Roar’s owners, Windsor Park Stud.

NZ Racing Desk