From the Commentary Box 23 May 2016

Promising filly LET ME ROAR maintained her unbeaten record at Te Rapa last Saturday.

The RIP VAN WINKLE Filly made it four starts for four wins when winning over 1400m. Carrying the steadier of 59kgs, LET ME ROAR again emphasised her undoubted qualities.

With regular race day rider Matt Cameron aboard, LET ME ROAR defied her opposition to score narrowly but well. “She had to really dig deep today especially under that weight, but she was never going to get beaten.” said Cameron later.

The win ensured a well earned break for LET ME ROAR. “She can go out for a spell now.” said co trainer Andrew Forsman. “She’s done a tremendous job and I’m sure we’ll see her back bigger and better in the Spring.” he added.

LET ME ROAR was one of two winners at Te Rapa for the Baker/ Forsman team.

BOWIE, also ridden by Matt Cameron, scored a last gasp win in the final race of the day. BOWIE fought bravely to deny the late challenge of the Mark Brooks trained CHEQUERED FLAG.

The Baker /Forsman team are lying in second place on the National Trainer’s Premiership. They trail the Matamata pair of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards by seven with nine weeks to go in the season.

Another local winner at Te Rapa was MEESKA MOOSKA. Trained by Graham Thomas and Nick Smith, MEESKA MOOSKA completed a notable hat trick of wins with this latest victory. Ably handled by apprentice Anna Jones, MEESKA MOOSKA led all the way for a comfortable win. It was the fifth win from seventeen race day appearances for MEESKA MOOSKA.

He looks a promising stayer of the future.

The last of the Cambridge winners on the day, was the Glynn Brick trained STRAIGHT FURROW. STRAIGHT FURROW scored his maiden steeples victory when successful for rider Shaun Phelan.

Finally, thanks to all who supported the fundraiser for injured Cambridge jockey Rogan Norvall. Held at the Group One Turf Bar, the day raised over $11,000 for the popular Norvall.

Norvall was overwhelmed by the generosity shown and wanted to express his gratitude. “I can’t find the words to express how much I appreciate all of this.” said Norvall.

Norvall hoped to one day resume his riding career but admitted it would take time for his injuries to heal.

I’ll catch you next week.

Cheers

George.