More roaring next season

Let Me Roar (Matt Cameron) recording his second win from nine starts when holding out Chequered Flag (head showing) at Te Rapa yesterday.

Let Me Roar (Matt Cameron) recording his second win from nine starts when holding out Chequered Flag (outside) at Te Rapa yesterday.

Let Me Roar was the hype horse at Te Rapa yesterday and she didn’t let her fans down in her farewell performance in her current campaign.

The half-sister to Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer extended her unbeaten record to four when holding out a late charge from Maestro Tom to win the ANZ at Te Rapa 1400.

Let Me Roar did all that was expected of her, especially by punters who backed her into a $1.70 favourite, but co-trainer Murray Baker admits to being a bit surprised by her reaction to the slow9 track yesterday.

Baker also prepared the ill-fated Lion Tamer, who won the Ming Dynasty Stakes in Sydney on a heavy track and ploughed through the mud to take the 2010 Victoria Derby by six and a half lengths.

Let Me Roar won her debut, at Rotorua on a Good3 track, then scored by six lengths on a dead4 surface at Pukekohe before returning to that course when winning on a slow7 rating earlier this month.

However, yesterday regular rider Matt Cameron felt Let Me Roar was never comfortable on the slow9 track, something Baker and co-trainer Andrew Forsman could see for themselves watching the filly in the run home.

“She was lugging out and never comfortable,” said Cameron. “She didn’t like the track and it was her class that got her through.”

Let Me Roar is raced by her co-breeders Windsor Park Stud and Baker believes they are in store for a big time with the filly next season.

“She just needs to strengthen a bit more,” said Baker. “We’ve always liked her and that was a good effort from a three-year-old filly carrying 59 kilos against the oldest horses.”

The Baker – Forsman stable completed a double for the day when following up Let Me Roar’s win with victory by Bowie in the last event.

A three-year-old son of Iffraaj, Bowie had cleared maiden ranks two starts earlier at Tauranga on a slow7 track and got home by a nose from Chequered Flag to give the Cambridge centre another quinella on the programme.