Decorah keeps stable’s amazing run flowing

Decorah and Opie Bosson on the way to another feature win. Third-placed Flying Orca is trying hard on the inside. (Photo: Race Images PN).

Decorah and Opie Bosson on the way to another feature win for the Murray Baker -Andrew Forsman stable. Third-placed Flying Orca is trying hard on the inside. (Photo: Race Images PN).


Opie Bosson and Cambridge’s dynamic duo of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman were at it again at Awapuni today when Decorah raced away with the Gr. 3 $70,000 Swap Stockfoods Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes.

The decisive win over Emerald Queen added to a highly memorable week for the Cambridge trainers and also Bosson with the trio joining forces to win last Monday’s Gr. 1 Australian Derby with Mongolian Khan, two days after the stale provided the quinella in the Gr. 1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha with Diademe and Sports Illustrated.

Decorah became the 17th black-type winner for Baker and Forsman this season and that’s only on the home front. In Australia the partners have a chance to add another Group One victory to go with Mongolian Khan’s Derby as Diademe and Sports Illustrated will clash again in tomorrow’s A$1 million Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick.

Fresh from landing the second Australian Group One win of his career in the Derby, Bosson will return to Sydney to ride Sports Illustrated in tomorrow’s feature and he’s riding with so much confidence further success could come his way at The Championships.

Bosson gave Decorah a beautiful run in the trail behind the pacemaker Mischevous Mis and the Lee Somervell-trained Celebrity Miss and had her poised to pounce rounding the home turn in today’s feature.

She soon collared the pacemaker and was in front on straightening then kept up a strong gallop to hold out Emerald Queen by a length and a quarter, while Flying Orca, from Gary Alton’s Cambridge stable, fought on well for third, just a nose from the runner-up.

“All credit to her,” said Bosson after the race. “She was travelling beautifully throughout and came up underneath me at the right time.

“We were a little bit worried being fresh in that ground, but she won it well.”

Decorah went into today’s race with just a trial and one start since finishing fifth behind stablemate Maygrove in the Gr. 2 Platinum Homes Wellington Cup on January 24. She was third of four in the trial then fourth of six behind Rohaise at Waverley.

A five-year-old daughter of Pins, Decorah has now won six races and earned over $150,000 for her owner-breeders Alan and Colleen Jackson, who race her as part of a syndicate.

Decorah’s success took Baker and Forsman to 85 wins for the season, 24 clear of their nearest rival, Lisa Latta, on the NZ Trainers Premiership. Their stable has earned almost $3 million on the home front, almost double more than the next trainer on the prizemoney list.

For Forsman, it has been a remarkable introduction to training. He is in just his third season as a public trainer and teaming up with Baker has enabled a dream start to his career.

The first season resulted in 68 wins and going into today’s Awapuni feature he was sitting on 200 career wins in New Zealand, including five Group Ones on the local front this season to go with Mongolian Khan’s win in last Saturday’s Australian Derby.