Moon Tide a Filly to Follow

Mark down the Cambridge trained and owned Moon Tide as a filly to follow with confidence in the coming weeks.

The Bachelor Duke filly won at the first time of asking and she kept her unbeaten record intact yesterday after a Rating 65 success at Avondale. Bred and raced by The Oaks Stud, she is a half-sister to the farm’s resident stallion Roc De Cambes.

Moon Tide is trained by Frank Ritchie and the three-year-old looks set to make her mark in better company.

Mihaia is also expected to continue his march through the grades by trainer and part owner Stephen Marsh following his Avondale maiden success.

He was a disappointment on debut at Hawera before he finished runner-up at Te Awamutu and had no trouble going one better yesterday. “The first up run was a mystery and then he was great over 1150m and I thought the step up to 1400m would make him very hard to beat,” Marsh said. “He’s been a little slow to mature, but he’s got a lot of ability and improvement in him.”

Meanwhile, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman increased their lead in the Cambridge trainers’ premiership when Mistaar continued her winning ways.


The Ifraaj four-year-old, who had triumphed at her previous appearance, took the partners’ tally for the season to 47 and two ahead of Roger James.



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