Another Derby win on horizon?

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are on track in their bid to record their second Derby win for the season.

The partners enjoyed a runaway win by (It’s A) Dundeel in the Gr.1 Australian Derby at Randwick earlier this month and now their attention focuses on one of the stable’s up-and-comers, Usainity.

Usainity earned his crack at the Gr.1 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm on June 8 when making a successful Australian debut in the Gr.3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick last Saturday.

Usainity impressed rider Hugh Bowman when coming from the rear group with a determined rails bid to score a narrow but sound win by a head from Honorius.

The victory was the fourth from seven starts for Usainity, who has been placed on the other three occasions. He headed to Sydney with a last-start second in the Gr.3 Higgins Manawatu Classic behind Survived, who stamped that form when beating the older horses in the Gr.2 McDonald’s Hawke’s Bay Cup.

“He’ll go on to Queensland now,” confirmed Baker after the win. “He’s a pretty promising horse.”

Usainity has been one of the promoters of his sire Zed, while the other exciting staying prospect by the same sire is Survived, a member of John Bary’s Hastings team.

Baker trained Zed to win a race before he broke down and he enjoyed Group One success with his dam, Emerald Dream, winner of the Waikato International Stakes at Te Rapa.

Baker is a big fan of the son of Zabeel and not just because of Usainity and past links. He was represented by another Zed product at Te Rapa last Saturday in the form of Ambitious Champion, who produced a huge performance to win the NZ Bloodstock Insurance Premier (2000m).

After four seconds then a win in his fifth start, Ambitious Champion was stepping up to a middle distance for the first time last Saturday and he had to be extra good to win.

Settled back, he was shunted extremely wide on the track by an inside horse on entering the home straight, but once balanced up again by rider Opie Bosson he charged home to grab victory in the last stride.

Ambitious Champion is owned in Hong Kong and is earmarked to be sent there. The big question is when we he do and not if. He is qualified for Hong Kong and could be set for the Hong Kong Derby next March.