Hastings feature next target

Saint Emilion (inner) holding out Storming The Tower in a thrilling finish to the Te Aroha Cup.

Saint Emilion (inner) holding out Storming The Tower in a thrilling finish to the Te Aroha Cup.

Cambridge stayer Saint Emilion is likely to head back to the central districts in an attempt to crown a lucrative season with a black-type success.

A stakes victory is all that is missing from the CV of the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained stayer who struck for the sixth time this season with a tenacious display at Te Aroha today when downing Storming The Tower in the J Swap Te Aroha Cup.

Providing he comes through the race well, Saint Emilion’s next assignment is the Listed Hawke’s Bay Cup at Hastings in seven days’ time.

“I’ll have a talk with Murray, but that’s the logical thing to do,” said Forsman. “He’s better that way around as well – he got on one rein a bit today.”

Saint Emilion made the running under Matt Cameron and the grey son of Mastercraftsman rallied bravely in the straight to score by a head.

The four-year-old has had two previous attempts at Listed level and finished seventh in the Kaimai Stakes before he was a beaten favourite in the New Zealand St Leger. “He over-raced a bit and 2500 metres at Trentham was a bit too tough,” said Forsman.

The stable will also be looking for higher honours for Bonniegirl, who successfully returned from a break in the Pyramid Trucking 1200. “We’ll be looking for some black type for her now,” said Forsman.

– NZ Racing Desk.