Pleasing results with pair

Tomelilla, part-owned by Marianne Baker, scoring a game win in the hands of Matt Cameron yesterday.

Tomelilla, part-owned by Murray Baker’s wife, Marianne Baker, scoring a game win in the hands of Matt Cameron yesterday.

Top trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman gained a lot of satisfaction from the wins of Tomelilla and Victory Drive at Te Rapa yesterday.

Promising stayer Victory Drive completed his own double at the venue when he delivered in fine style in the Double R 2100, a rating 85 event, before Tomelilla downed a some promising types in the NZI 1600, a rating 75 contest.

It was an eye-catching return to winning form for Tomelilla, who has been plagued by niggling foot issues over the past year.

“She is a promising type, but we’ve had an interrupted run with her due to a few problems with her feet,” said Forsman.

“She seems to have come right and was always going to be a big improver off her last run where she finished a nice fourth at Ellerslie.

“I thought it was a good effort to get the win as it was a handy line-up and she was wide for a fair part of the early stages of the race. She has a nice turn of foot and showed plenty of grit to hold them off.

“At this stage, she seems suited to a mile so we will look around and see what else is coming up over the next few weeks.”

Victory Drive (Matt Cameron) taking his record to four wins from 12 starts with a strong victory at Te Rapa yesterday.

Victory Drive (Matt Cameron) taking his record to four wins from 12 starts with a strong victory at Te Rapa yesterday.

Forsman was also taken by the run of Victory Drive, who looks set to make his presence felt in the staying ranks.

“We were confident he could back up after his win last week as he dropped to a nice position in the weights through the grade rise,” he said.

“I think the key was the speed in the race as with the pace on he settled nicely and had a good economical trip.

“He’s a horse that won’t be out of place in the better grades as they tend to run along a bit which is what he needs.”

Baker and Forsman hope to add to their 19 black-type victories for the season at Rotorua next Saturday with Show The World, a candidate for the Gr. 3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup, and Honey Rider and Bonniegirl, clashing in the Gr. 3 Classic Cuisine Rotorua Stakes.

Lightly raced three-year-old filly Love Affair is another possible Rotorua Stakes contender, but will only start if she strikes a favourable firm track surface.

NZ Racing Desk