Happy hunting ground for Gesemi

Gesemi (Matt Cameron) drawing clear of Storming The Tower and Pump Up The Volume (obscured) in the final stages of the 2015 ornwall Handicap, (Photo: Trish Dunell/NZ Racing Desk).

Gesemi (Matt Cameron) drawing clear of Storming The Tower in the final stages of the 2015 Cornwall Handicap, (Photo: Trish Dunell/NZ Racing Desk).

Well-performed Cambridge winter mare Gesemi will head back to a favourite haunt to make her next appearance.

Gesemi is a three-time winner at Ellerslie and the five-year-old will return there on June 4 to defend her Cornwall Handicap title.

Gesemi looks to be on the verge of her best form after a bold run for third two starts back in the Gr. 2 Travis Stakes followed by a fourth placing in the Gr. 3 Rotorua Cup.

“She’s never raced at Rotorua before and it’s a track that can trip up a lot of horses,” said Murray Baker, who trains the five-year-old with Andrew Forsman. “She was battling in the ground there.”

Meanwhile, the stable has turned out two of their other well-performed stayers, Maygrove and Saint Emilion.

“Saint Emilion did a great job,” said Baker. “He has won seven races this season and not many can do that.”

The four-year-old was successful in a Rating 75 event at Te Rapa last October and added wins at Matamata, New Plymouth, Otaki, Ellerslie and Te Aroha before he was sent for a deserved break after a defeat of the subsequent Rotorua Cup winner Storming The Tower at Ellerslie last month.

Maygrove enjoyed a solid autumn campaign with a Group Two victory in the Awapuni Gold Cup and he also collected two runner-up finishes and ran fourth in the Gr. 3 Canterbury Gold Cup.

– NZ Racing Desk.