Forbes adds to Marsh’s firepower

Stephen Marsh is enjoying his best season of training and he has added further ammunition to his stable.

Alex Forbes, who was originally indentured to his father Graeme Forbes, has officially signed on as Marsh’s apprentice and has made an immediate impact with three winners in the three days he has been riding from his new headquarters.

Forbes picked up a double at Te Teko yesterday, scoring on Fascination Street for John Sargent and Sharakti for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman. “He’s going very well and it’s good to have him in the stable,” said Marsh. “It’s like having another top horse.”

Forbes has now ridden 85 winners and has also had Australian success, having done a stint in Melbourne with Leon Corstens. He has also been having a battle with his weight, but Marsh is helping to keep that problem under control. “I’m just working him harder,” quipped Marsh.

The Cambridge trainer has hit the headlines this season through the deeds of fleet-footed filly Ruud Awakening, whose wins have included the Gr. 1 Haunui Farm Sires Produce Stakes and the Karaka Million.

“She’s back in work and looking great,” said Marsh. “She had a good break after the Golden Slipper and should be ready for the fillies races in the spring.”

Marsh has trained three Group or Listed winners this season and his tally of 28 is a l record on his own account. He has also broken the $1 million barrier for the first time.