Trans-Tasman Black Type Goals for Stable

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will be in black type mode this weekend.

In Melbourne, Baker will saddle up (It’s A) Dundeel in the Gr.1 VRC Derby at Flemington, while on the homefront Forsman will be caring for the stable’s Awapuni runners who include Jeu de Cartes, a leading hope in the Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup.

Dundeel suffered his first defeat when beaten at Moonee Valley last weekend, but the stable is confident he can bounce back this weekend in the true test of stamina.

“He’s come through the race well and he’ll be better suited at Flemington,” said Forsman.

Meanwhile Jeu de Cartes will be attempting to record her second black type success when she tackles the Feilding Gold Cup. She won the Listed Christchurch Casino Spring Classic two starts ago then finished a close second to Noble Warrior in the Listed Agrodome Rotorua Plate.

 “Murray was thinking of running her in the weight-for-age at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup day, but Shez Sinsational is going for it and we want to avoid her,” said Forsman. “Anyway, she’s better off in a handicap.”

Jeu de Cartes will be ridden by Opie Bosson, who has a record of three wins and a fourth from four rides on the daughter of dual Group One winner Prized Gem.

The stable will also be represented at Awapuni by Lady Kipling in the Courtesy Ford Redcraze Bowl and stablemate Pellegrini is also likely to start in the event, though he does hold a nomination for Te Awamutu.

Lady Kipling’s main mission is the Gr.2 NRM Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Pukekohe later this month, but Forsman believes she is forward enough to give a good account of herself on Saturday.

MacOrla is also part of the Awapuni team and will start in the Benchmark 75 event in a bid to earn a run in the Group I Sothy’s NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton.

“The blinkers go back on and Matt Cameron will ride him,” said Forsman. “He’s on trial for the Guineas.”