Shout on the cards from Tracksider

Yesterday’s Matamata meeting was a low-key affair but for Trackside’s Mark Claydon it was as enjoyable as a Group One day.

Claydon, who is also recognised in the role of jockeys’ agent for Craig and Bridget Grylls, celebrated a win as part-owner of Forbidden in the Mitavite 2000.

Trained at Cambridge by Graham Thomas (also a part-owner), Forbidden showed a ton of fight in a desperate finish with Highly Likely, who was out to make it seven wins in succession for the Fortuna Syndicate horses.

As hard as Highly Likely tried, Forbidden (ridden by Matt Cameron) was not to be denied and dug deepest to claw back the lead and win by a nose, while there was a gap of more than three lengths back to third-placegetter Android.

Forbidden, a six-year-old daughter of dual Group One winner Forbidden, has proved a handy performer for her connections with four wins and 10 placings from 24 starts. She won four starts earlier and had hinted another win was near when following with three placings, including a second at Ellerslie.

Forbidden was the third Cambridge-trained winner on the Matamata card, following on from the Graeme Hughes-prepared Busta in the third event and Zavamar a race later. Busta, ridden by apprentice Jack Wong, made it two wins in succession, both on the Matamata track, and held out Orange Peel, trained by Wong’s employers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott.

Zavamar, a four-year-old son of Savabeel, is prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and registered his first win from four starts. In fact it was the first time he had paid a dividend, but showed enough to suggest there is further improvement.