Massa Lu on track for Hastings

Massa Lu (Matt Cameron) beating Kisses in yesterday's Taupo trials. (Photo: Race Images, PN).

Massa Lu (Matt Cameron) beating Kisses in yesterday’s Taupo trials. (Photo: Race Images, PN).

Massa Lu is ready to take the next step up from some promising form he showed last season.

That was the message after watching the Makfi three-year-old win at yesterday’s Taupo trials.

Ridden by Matt Cameron, Massa Lu bounced straight to the lead and travelled nicely without being pressured to win by a long head from fellow Cambridge galloper Kisses with another local runner, Dresden Park, a head back third.

“It was a nice trial against older horses and he’s still on the way up,” said co-trainer Andrew Forsman. ”He hasn’t done a lot of work at home. That was very encouraging.”

Massa Lu had three starts last season. He was runner-up on debut at Te Rapa last April then won at Avondale before finishing a close third to Stella Di Paco in the Listed John Turkington Forestry Castletown Stakes at Wanganui. Yesterday’s trial was his first public appearance since the stakes race on May 30.

“He looks a Guineas-type horse,” said Forsman. “He’ll kick off at Hastings on Saturday week in the three-year-old race. It’s the same race that Turn Me Loose ran second to Stratocaster in last year.”

Cameron was most impressed with Massa Lu yesterday.

“He’s a nice big, strong three-year-old and the 2000 Guineas should be ideal for him. He’s in the same mould as Atlante and Turn Me Loose who won it for Murray (Baker) and Andrew.”