Lightning strikes for Rider Horse

Wow! What a winner: Mongolianlightning (Matt Cameron) cruising home at Matamata today.

Wow! What a winner: Mongolianlightning (Matt Cameron) cruising home at Matamata today.

Today’s Matamata meeting may have uncovered the next star performer for the Inner Mongolian Rider Horse group.

With the headliner Mongolian Khan now retired to stand at Windsor Park Stud, Rider Horse has unleashed some promising youngsters, but none have been as impressive as Mongolianlightning, who trounced his rivals in the Colchester Engineering 1200.

Runner-up in his first trial then a handsome winner at the Avondale trials last month, Mongolianlightning went to the front for rider Matt Cameron and when asked to slip into another gear on straightening for the run home his acceleration was unbelievable.

He soon cleared out on his rivals and at the finish had eighth and a half lengths to spare over the runner-up Voleuse, who had shown promise with a fourth on debut at Te Aroha. Another last-start placegetter, Bobtail, fought on for third.

Both trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, weren’t on track for the win, but Baker says it was no surprise to see the handsome two-year-old win in such a manner. Certainly punters who installed him a $2.10 favourite expected a decisive win.

“He’s a nice horse and has got a good temperament,” said Baker. “I think he’ll go on a better track that that (heavy10), too.

“We’ve got no set plans yet. There’s the Ryder Stakes, but we’ve got Pluck That (a last-start Te Teko winner) going for that. “He could go out for a spell and come back early in the new season.”

Though no getting carried away by a midweek maiden win in heavy ground, Baker hinted that Mongolianlightning could be a possibility to go to Australia next season if he shaped up.

“You never know, he could be a Caulfield Guineas horse,” he said.

Mongolianlightning was bought by Rider Horse for $90,000 from last November’s Ready To Run Sale at Karaka and is a good advertisement for his young sire, Bullbars.

Mongolianlightning is from the Last Tycoon mare It’s Spring Again, who has had nine foals to race and all have been winners with the best being Moti, a triple stakes winner in New South Wales.

This is also the family of Gr. 2 MVRC Sunline Stakes winner Beautiful Gem, a daughter of Just Blooming, who won the Gr. 3 Black Opal Stakes in Canberra and was Group One placed when second in the Golden Slipper Stakes and third in the Orlando Wines Classic.