New No.1 video for Forsman

Despite having had many years behind a camera, there’s one race Andrew Forsman won’t tire from watching.

Forsman, a former cameraman for Trackside, is in his first season as a training partner for Cambridge’s Murray Baker and was represented by his first winner when Thunderbird One, the partnership’s fifth runner, scored at Taupo today.

Though Baker was on course and Forsman was back doing the stable work at Cambridge, the win was still a huge thrill for the 29-year-old, whose love of racing stems back to the success his grandfather, Merv Maddren, enjoyed with Bold Consul from his Te Awamutu stable.

“It’s great to get the monkey off my back,” said Forsman, referring to the breakthrough win. “I thought Great Of Favours was the best chance of getting the win today, but she was left in front at the top of the straight and finished third. We know Thunderbird One has got the ability and he was a chance, too.”

Thunderbird One, ridden by Jason Waddell, kicked strongly in the run home to power away from his opposition and score a three and a half-length win over Traveller. It was Thunderbird One’s second start and he hinted a win was close when fourth on debut at Rotorua.

“He was a bit slowly away at Rotorua then got bogged down,” said Forsman. “The track was a bit better today and it obviously helped him.”

Forsman has been associated with the Baker stable for nine years, initially joining the team on a part-time basis.

“I studied film and TV at Auckland University and when I then got a job two or three days a week with Trackside,” said Forsman, who was brought up in Te Awamutu. “I needed something to fit in on the days I wasn’t working for Trackside and that’s when I got the job with Murray.”

Trackside and the stable work reignited Forsman’s passion for racing and when the decision came a year or so ago to follow camera work or taking a stronger interest in the Baker stable he chose the latter.

And when Baker’s son, Bjorn, left a training partnership with his father to begin a training career in Sydney, Forsman moved into the role of foreman. “Bjorn helped my case and I’ve got to thank Murray for taking me into partnership this season — he didn’t have to,” said Forsman.

Forsman rates the AJC Derby win of Nom du Jeu and the VRC Derby win of Lion Tamer as his two highlights being associated with the Baker stable. “They were both colts and I had a lot to do with them,” said Forsman. “I formed a bond with them.”

Now Thunderbird One has earned his place in Forsman’s list of racing highlights.