Group One winners for Ruakaka trial

Ruakaka trials entrant: Mongolian Khan (Opie Bosson) convincingly winning the Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas. (Photo: Trish Dunell).

Ruakaka trials entrant: Mongolian Khan (Opie Bosson) convincingly winning the Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas. (Photo: Trish Dunell).

The Ruakaka meeting on Saturday week will have a host of stars from Cambridge before the focus switches to the day’s racing.

Dual Derby winner Mongolian Khan and his Group One stablemates Turn Me Loose and Dal Cielo, as well as the Wellington Cup winner Maygrove, are likely to take advantage of the 1000-metre open trial, which is restricted to horses who have been placed first to fifth in a Group or Listed race.

“We’re looking at taking the four of them up for the trial,” said co-trainer Andrew Forsman. “It’s a long way to go for a trial, but it works in well and gives them a chance to go around, hopefully, on a good track.”

The quartet galloped at Cambridge this morning and Forsman says all four hit out nicely.

“They all galloped well and are coming up really well,” he said. “They’ll have a couple more gallops and should be ready for the trial.”

The Ruakaka trial is likely to be the sole opportunity for New Zealand race fans to see Mongolian Khan in action on home soil before he heads to Australia on a path leading to the Gr. 1 Melbourne Cup.

Turn Me Loose, winner of last November’s Gr. 1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton, will be using the trial to prepare him further for a return to racing in the Gr. 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa next month.

Maygrove and Dal Cielo are being prepared for Melbourne campaigns with the former likely to head to Australia after the trial.