Stable hauling in the millions

Andrew Forsman and Murray Baker discussing the win of Mongolian Khan with Opie Bosson after last year's  NZ Derby. Can it be a repeat with Get That Jive this weekend?(Photo: Trish Dunell).

Andrew Forsman and Murray Baker discussing the win of Mongolian Khan with Opie Bosson after last year’s NZ Derby. Can it be a repeat with Get That Jive this weekend?(Photo: Trish Dunell).

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman broke the A$3 million barrier in Australia for the season last weekend with the promise of more to come.

Turn Me Loose picked up A$302,000 for his decisive win in the Gr. 1 A$502,000 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday to take his Australian earnings this season to more than $1.16 million.

He earned a further A$605,000 for his Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes win last November and in excess of A$250,000 from his other four Melbourne starts, which resulted in a first-up second at Flemington, wins in the Seymour Cup and Crystal Mile and a fourth fresh-up this campaign in the Orr Stakes.

Mongolian Khan has chimed in with A$1,962,000 from his Melbourne campaign, which culminated in A$1.9 million from his Caulfield Cup triumph. Other placings by stable members, including Dal Cielo and Maygrove have added to the stable pot.

“I love it over there,” said Baker. “We’re having a great trot and I’m happy with both horses (Turn Me Loose and Mongolian Khan). Turn Me Loose has come through his race really well and he’s going up to Sydney tomorrow night and Mongolian Khan seems to have come through his run well, too. He really needed the run. There’s a lot of improvement in him.”

Mongolian Khan was having his first start since a colic attack robbed him off an opportunity to complete the Caulfield – Melbourne Cup double and, after being handy, he weakened out to beat one home but he was still one of the last ones to pull up and finished just over seven lengths from the winner, Winx, and was slightly shaded by Who Shot Thebarman.

“They went mad up front,” said Baker. “They ran the fastest time in the race in 36 years. We knew he would really need it and they just went a bit too fast for him. He’ll improve with his next one, too.”

That next race mission for Mongolian Khan is the Gr. 1 A$700,000 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on March 19 with the 2000-metre trip being more suitable for him.

On the same day Turn Me Loose will tackle the Gr. 1 A$1 million George Ryder Stakes on route to his main mission, the Gr. 1 A$3 million The Star Doncaster Mile (April 2), after which he could also contest the Gr. 1 A$4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (wfa 2000m on April 9), for which Mongolian Khan is also nominated.

“He’s a very, very good horse,” said Baker of Turn Me Loose. “In six starts in Melbourne he’s won two Group Ones, a Group Two, a Listed, been beaten a half-neck when fourth and beaten a head when second first-up over there.”

Turn Me Loose will be racing right-handed for the first time in Sydney, but Baker doesn’t see that as a problem. “I’m not too worried about him right-handed, that’s just the way it’s worked out,” he said. “He’s looked fine whenever he’s trialed that way round.”

While the Baker – Forsman squad has won over A$3.1 million in Australia this season, there is another $1 million-plus earned on the home front with the likelihood of a significant boost by the end of the weekend.

On Saturday the stable will attempt back-to-back BMW NZ Derby wins, following on from Mongolian Khan’s victory 12 months ago. The big hope is Get That Jive, who is raced by several members of the syndicate which is having a ball with Turn Me Loose.

Though only successful once in six starts (his juvenile debut at Te Awamutu last July), Get That Jive has been placed in each of his other five outings with four being black-type efforts.

His lead into the Derby consists of second in the Gr. 2 Hits Great Northern Guineas (1600m), a third in the Gr. 2 Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas (2000m) and a last-start third equal in the Gr.2 Auckland Eye Avondale Guineas (2000m).

“He’s been so consistent and he just needs to find a length to win it,” said Baker. “He’s improving all the time and it will come down to the barrier draw and luck in the running.”

Get That Jive will be ridden by the man-of-the-moment Opie Bosson, who was aboard Mongolian Khan in last year’s Derby win and rode Turn Me Loose to victory last weekend.

Baker and Forsman have a two-pronged attack on the Gr. 3 $70,000 Sunline Vase with Mime (Michael Coleman) and Coldplay (Bosson) and both are strong chances.

“I’m very happy with Mime,” said Baker. “She’s trained on well since she won at Te Rapa and she won’t mind a bit of juice in the track. Coldplay is a good chance, too. She has had no luck lately and was down in the worst of the track last time.”