Mongolian Wolf continues run

Mongolian Wolf (Matt Cameron) keeping up the run for Rider Horse with a strong debut win at Tauranga today.

Mongolian Wolf (Matt Cameron) keeping up the run for Rider Horse with a strong debut win at Tauranga today.

Hardly has the dust settled on an impressive debut win by Mongolianlightning, than the same crew has come up with another late-season juvenile winner with immense promise.

Raced by the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry from the Cambridge stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Mongolianlightning (by Bulbars) romped home on debut at Matamata on July 6, scoring by eight and a half lengths in the hands of Matt Cameron.

Hard on the heels of that celebration, Mongolian Wolf had Rider Horse and the Baker-Forsman stable in a winning mood at Tauranga today when making a successful debut in the Lion Red 2YO with Cameron again in the saddle.

Though Mongolianlightning had shown more at trials (a second and a win) than Mongolian Wolf there was some confidence in that latter’s chances on debut.

Mongolian Wolf had run fourth in two of his three trials. The first of those trials was back in February when he chased home a couple of good ones, stakeswinner Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Volpe Veloce, and in his most recent trial, at Avondale on June 14, he went to the line like a horse wanted much more than the 1000 metres.

Today he stepped out over 1200 metres and after being second-last on settling and being hunted along early, he settled before Cameron got to work again on him, urging him around the small field to challenge three-wide at the 600 metres.

Kept going by Cameron, Mongolian Wolf held out a late charge down the outer by Southern Princess to win by a neck, while there was a gap of two and a quarter lengths to third-placed Bewitched.

“He’s not a natural two-year-old,” said Cameron. With the rail out I knew he had got to be handy at least by the turn. I had sat back on him and when I had pushed the button he had taken off with a good run.

“He’s a beautiful big horse with a massive stride.”

Mongolian Wolf was bought by Rider Horse principal Lang Lin for $200,000 from last year’s Ready To Run Sale at Karaka and is a son of the US Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck (by More Than Ready) from Oomaroo, an unraced Tale Of The Cat mare.

Mongolian Wolf’s grandam, Oomph (by Flying Spur) was a smart Sydney sprinter with four Listed wins among her six victories. She won as a two-year-old and was placed in the Gr. 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (3rd) and Gr. 3 Sweet Embrace and Gr. 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (both fourth).

While Mongolian Khan, the horse who has put Rider Horse on the map, is set to begin his first season standing at Windsor Park Stud, Mongolianlightning and Mongolian Wolf are just a couple of the smart youngsters the group has to look forward to in the new season.

Mongolian Wolf’s sire, Pluck, is proving a hit with Baker and Forsman as early in the season they enjoyed success with his son Gasoline, who won at Ellerslie and was third in the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper at Matamata.

The other Pluck to have raced from the Baker – Forsman stable is Pluck That, who won second-up at Te Teko and is on track for the Listed Ryder Stakes.