Stable firing with four wins in two days

A double last Saturday and another one last weekend has kept the winners coming for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

The Cambridge trainers sit equal sixth on 38 wins on the NZ Trainers’ Premiership with fellow local trainer Roger James and the Matamata partnership of Mike Moroney and Chad Ormsby and have plenty to look forward to with their latest winners.

Stable representatives Turn Me Loose and Decorah were successful at New Plymouth and Rotorua respectively last Saturday while Mistaar and Matagouri were part of a five-win haul by jockey Craig Grylls at Tauranga two days later.

Cambridge Jockey Club President George Simon was as happy as a dog with two tails after Turn Me Loose won the first event at the Taranaki meeting. Turn Me Loose is the first horse bred by Simon, who is co-breeder with his wife, Maryanne.

Turn Me Loose was a hot favourite for the NZ Bloodstock Pearl Series 2Y0 after a debut second a fortnight earlier at Te Rapa and won with plenty of authority.

“He went into that Te Rapa race without a trial and it was a bold run that day,” said Baker. “He didn’t make the turn that good and it cost him the win.

“He’s pretty raw at the moment, but he’s got a lot of potential and he’s going to make a lovely three-year-old.

“All I wanted to do was quit maidens with him and he’s done that so he’s turned out now.

“He’s raced by a syndicate from Melbourne so there’s a chance we could take him to Aussie.”

Decorah’s win in the Firth Certified Concrete 1560 was a sound performance and didn’t surprise Baker.

“She won well and is getting stronger,” said Baker. “She’s won four races now and has just needed time.”

Mistaar did well to win well fresh-up at Tauranga, having not raced since last November, though she did have a couple of lead-up trials. “She always goes well fresh,” said Baker. “Hopefully she can go on with it.”

Matagouri registered her second win from nine starts when scoring at Tauranga yesterday with her other win coming last October at Te Aroha.

Between times she was given a couple of stiff black-type assignments, when seventh in the Listed Jesters Pies Championship Stakes Prelude and eighth to Rising Romance in the Gr. 2 NZ Bloodstock Royal Stakes.

“She pulls a bit and being on the fresh side I was a bit worried, but she won it well enough in the end,” said Baker.