Easter target for Let Me Roar

Let Me Roar (Matt Cameron) showing determination to maintain her unbeaten streak at Te Rapa yesterday.

Let Me Roar (Matt Cameron) showing determination to maintain her unbeaten streak at Te Rapa yesterday.

A game performance by the unbeaten Let Me Roar added to a wonderful day of racing for the country’s top trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, yesterday.

Though overshadowed by the stable’s trans-Tasman Group One double by Charmont (Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Rapa) and Bonneval (Australian Oaks in Sydney), Let Me Roar caused her own celebrations within the camp when being one of three winners for the stable at Te Rapa.

The four-year-old daughter of Rip Van Winkle mare overcame her toughest test when she took the Team Wealleans Open 1400 to stretch her unbeaten sequence to six and will now face an even tougher task, the Gr. 2 Manco Easter Stakes at Ellerslie in a fortnight.

“It was a brave win as she drew the outside and was meeting a far better quality of horse than she has in the past,” said Forsman.

“She is also a little better suited to going right-handed at this stage of her development so she did have a few factors against her. Class normally prevails though and she has a fair bit of that about her.”

That class factor will be tested in the Manco Easter Stakes with Forsman keen to see her challenged at the top level.

“On what she has shown to date I think she is up to them, however you never quite know until they tackle a race like the Easter,” he said. “She tends to handle most track conditions so we’re not worried about that although she wouldn’t start on a real bog.”

While no further assignments have been planned for the mare, Forsman didn’t rule out the possibility of a Brisbane winter campaign should she perform to expectations at Ellerslie.

Meanwhile, the affable Cambridge horseman is still pinching himself about the results of the last seven days that saw the stable snare a Group One treble with Jon Snow in the Australian Derby, Bonneval in the Australian Oaks and Charmont in the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.

“I guess the feeling is a little surreal at the moment as it is still taking time to sink in,” he said.

“They don’t just give Group One races away and for Murray to now have notched up 20 of them in Australia is a marvellous feat and one I’m proud to be a part of.”

Forsman advised Bonneval would be on a plane home this week where she would join Jon Snow in the spelling paddock.

“They will both go out for a spell now before we bring them back in June to get ready for a spring campaign,” he said.

“I think one of the keys to success with both horses was the way they continued to improve and develop over the last few months. They are similar types in a lot of ways and if they can continue that progress in their next preparations then there is a lot to look forward to.

“Once they come back into work we will assess our options, but you would think that the Melbourne Spring Carnival would be a logical target for them both.”

– NZ Racing Desk