Hastings targets for Baker and Forsman

Mime and Michael Coleman racing away with the McKee Family Sunline Vase at Ellerslie .

Mime (Michael Coleman) racing away with the McKee Family Sunline Vase at Ellerslie .

One of the country’s leading stables is aiming for multiple representation in all three legs of the Triple Crown series at Hastings.

Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have Mime and the Australian recruit Our Vergara on target for the opening two legs – the Gr. 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes and the Gr. 1 Windsor Park Plate – with Saint Emilion a chance to join them in the closing event, the Gr. 1 Livamol Spring Classic.

Mime will be a notable first New Zealand race day representative for the powerful China Horse Club, which purchased the Mastercraftsman mare earlier this year.

“We think she can be competitive in all three races,” said Forsman.

Mime, who was placed in her 1000-metre heat at the recent Te Teko trials, enjoyed a lucrative three-year-old season with four wins, including the Gr. 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic and the Gr. 3 Sunline Vase and was spelled after she ran fourth in the Gr. 1 NZ Oaks.

“It was a good solid effort at the trials and she had a good blow,” said Forsman. “She’s grown quite a bit and strengthened.”

Our Vergara won eight races from Anthony Cummings’ stable and following her purchase by Blue Gum Farm and T. J. S. Bloodstock she ran third in one appearance for Gerald Ryan.

The Snippetson mare, who ran a tidy fourth in a 1000-metre heat at the Te Teko trials, has come to New Zealand to chase Group One honours and to be served by Tavistock.

“She’s got a great temperament and takes everything in her stride,” said Forsman.

Meanwhile, Saint Emilion has risen to a rating of 99 after winning seven races last season and has returned in fine order following a deserved break.

“He’s had his first serious gallop and he’s making good progress,” said Forsman.

– NZ Racing Desk.