More wins for leading trainers

NZ Oaks candidate Eva Godiva (inner) out-toughing It's Pandemonium at New Plymouth today.

NZ Oaks candidate Eva Godiva (inner) out-toughing It’s Pandemonium at New Plymouth today.

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman made it five wins over two day’s racing when picking up a double at New Plymouth today.

The country’s leading trainers landed a treble — Huayra, Nailed It and Nicoletta — at Tauranga last Wednesday and followed up with wins by Break My Stride and Eva Godiva from four representatives today to take their tally for the season to 46, 15 clear at the top of the NZ Trainers’ Premiership.

Both Break My Stride and Eva Godiva showed plenty of heart in their wins and gave the impression they will go on with the good work.

Break My Stride, an Australian-bred three-year-old son of Zoffany, was having his third start and had been freshened since finishing eighth at Taupo last August. A Te Aroha trial 11 days ago, which resulted in a third, readied him for today’s Revital Fertilisers Maiden 1200m and he was installed second favourite.

Ridden by Johnathan Parkes, Break My Stride was trapped three-wide for most of the trip and was up challenging wide for the lead with 500 metres to run. He gained control 200 out and kicked away well to score a big win, beating Alamcferson by two and a half lengths.

Break My Stride is raced by Lindsay de Souza, Willie Leung and Todd Hartley. De Souza and Hartley are part-owners of the stable’s multiple Group One winner Turn Me Loose.

Break My Stride (Johnathan Parkes) scoring a decisive maiden win today.

Break My Stride (Johnathan Parkes) scoring a decisive maiden win today.

Baker and Forsman’s attention then turned to Street Ranger in the fifth event, the NZB Insurance Pearl Series 1400, but the Street Cry filly was unable to repeat her successful debut performance at Hastings earlier this month.

Whereas she was in touch with the pace from the outset on debut, she dwelt today and after being second-last in the early stages she improved a shade closer before being left back last when runners swept around her out wider on the track. She failed to get into the action from there on and wound up seventh, just under two and a half lengths from the winner, Yodelay.

Baker and Forsman were back in the winning groove in the very next race, the Peninsular Beachfront Resort Mooloolaba Maiden 3YO 1600, when Eva Godiva, ridden by Parkes, fought tenaciously to win by a half head from It’s Pandemonium.

Going straight to the front, Eva Godiva was taken on from the 900 to the turn. She then kicked on the inner rounding the home turn and after being headed by It’s Pandemonium halfway down the straight she picked herself up and clawed her way back into the lead in the shadows of the winning post.

Eva Godiva was having her second start and after finishing sixth over 1300 metres on debut at Hastings 16 days earlier she appreciated the extra 300.

A well-bred filly by Redoute’s Choice from Gussy Godiva, Eva Godiva is nominated for both the Gr.1 Randwick Meats Levin Classic at Trentham on January 14 and the Gr.1 Wellfield NZ Oaks on the same track on March 18.

The lightly tried Gussy Godiva contested the 2002 NZ Oaks, finishing 11th behind Vapour Trail, and won twice, including a 2000-metre three-year-old event at Te Rapa.