Forsman enjoying his “perfect season”

 

Win 101: Castle Bee (Matt Cameron) ploughing through the Matamata mud to beat All Razzle Dazzle. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Win 101: Castle Bee (Matt Cameron) ploughing through the Matamata mud to beat All Razzle Dazzle. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Andrew Forsman has described 2014-15 as “the perfect season” in the wake of the stable racking up 100 wins at Matamata yesterday.

Forsman and his senior training partner Murray Baker produced Here’shoping, Divine Shiva and Castle Bee to win at Matamata to take their season tally to 101.

“We’re rapt actually. We knew going into the meeting we had a couple of good chances and it was great to get there,” Forsman said.

“We’ve got a good, positive team of people who enjoy what they do behind the scenes and that’s showing in the results.”

The TAB have opened a market allowing punters to bet on what tally the Baker-Forsman stable reaches this season, bookmakers strongly favouring the partnership to break John Sargent’s New Zealand record of 111 wins for a season.

“This time of year you can’t take too much for granted,” Forsman said.

“While we do have a few around that can handle these heavy tracks, a few of them have now won their maidens and that next step up to Rating 65 grade is the toughest one to make.

“We might get 20 more wins or we might only get two or three. We will be doing our best but we’re not going to do anything different to what we normally would.

“It’s basically been the perfect season. We’ll try to do it all again next season and the season after but it won’t be easy. Everything has gone to plan and we haven’t had too many setbacks with injuries or anything.”

The stable will bid to add to its tally with six horses entered for Te Rapa on Saturday – Del Rios, Elusive Gold, Zeldara, High Society, Nailed It and Ambitious Pins.

Elusive Gold tackles the Norris Ward McKinnon 1400 with leading jockey Matt Cameron booked for the ride.

“Elusive Gold is in great form but it’s just a struggle for him where he’s placed in the ratings at the moment. In 85 grade, he gets too much weight and when he goes up in grade he seems to find one or two better,” said Forsman, who rated Zeldara and Ambitious Pins as strong chances.

In Australia, Gr. 1 Queensland Derby second emergency Harry is set to head to Sydney to contest a Rating 70 race at Rosehill on Monday before heading home. Brodie Loy has been booked to ride.

– NZ Racing Desk