Saint Emilion set for more wfa goals

Saint Emilion (Matt Cameron) proving too strong in an all-the-way win at Ellerslie today.

Saint Emilion (Matt Cameron) proving too strong in an all-the-way win at Ellerslie today.

Saint Emilion has his trainers looking for more weight-for-age events after he proved too strong for his rivals in the Gr.3 OMF Stakes at Ellerslie today.

It was Saint Emilion’s second weight-for-age start and the two-length win over Benzini lifted his rating to ensure he will be weighted out of immediate handicap races.

In his last two handicaps, which he won at Ellerslie last April and at New Plymouth on September 24, he carried the topweight of 60kg, 1kg more than he managed successfully at weight-for-age today.

“He’s weighted out of handicaps and I think weight-for-ages are more his go,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains the Mastercraftsman five-year-old with Murray Baker.

Saint Emilion’s first taste of weight-for-age competition was last start when he backed up from his New Plymouth win to tackle the Gr.1 Livamol Classic, last month’s Hastings feature in which he finished seventh, four lengths from the winner, Willie Cazals.

“He was second-up on the back-up and given the way the race was run he went a good race,” said Forsman. “They put the pressure on him from the 800 and he was left a sitting duck.”

Best when allowed to bowl along in front, Saint Emilion again led in today’s OMF Stakes, but this time there was no way he was going to be headed.

Rider Matt Cameron had him travelling nicely in front and it was obvious when he was clear with 200 metres to run the winning stake was in the bag.

“He got it all his own way and he’s a hard horse to catch,” said Forsman. “He’s a tough horse. If you take him on it’s at your peril. The others know that by now and a few have had a crack and failed.

“It’s to his advantage. He just goes forward and marks all the running and is strong at the finish.”

Saint Emilion has now taken his record to 11 wins from 24 starts and has picked up $212,395 in prizemoney.

Cameron has been aboard him in seven of his wins and was full of praise for him after he convincingly beat his eight rivals.

“I think he would still have won if he’s drawn barrier 18,” said Cameron. ”He’s pretty quick out of the gates and puts himself there.”