Rising Star Bags Double

Promising local apprentice Alex Forbes scored a notable double at Ellerslie last Saturday.
Forbes, who only began race riding in August, book ended the meeting winning on Abbey Tralae and Despereaux.
Abbey Tralae scored an upset win in the opening event, over 1400m.
The rank outsider in the small field, Abbey Tralae was sent forward to lead in the early stages of the race.
” I was told to go to the front and to try and stack them up ” said Forbes.
The youngster did a good job of rating his mount in front, gradually increasing the speed, before sprinting clear after straightening.
“I got a soft lead and with the three kilo claim, I knew we were going to be hard to catch” said Forbes.
Abbey Tralae is trained by Stephen Autridge who was impressed by the ride.
“He rode exactly to instructions and I thought it was a lovely ride” said Autridge.
Autridge did mention he was a little surprised at the tempo being set in front by Abbey Tralae.
“I told Alex to try and stack them up before sprinting , but the time ( 1.22.81) seemed to indicate the pace was on throughout” he said.
Forbes was however fully aware of what was happening.
“We were going quick enough for the others to leave us alone, and my mare was always travelling well” he said.
It was obvious a long way from home that Abbey Tralae had the others in strife, the official winning margin was four and a half lengths.
Chasing Abbey Tralae home were a couple of locally trained runners.
Gendame, trained by Anne Herbert, and Arcenceil, ( Yves Sequin) both battled away without looking like catching the winner.
However both will improve with the outing and should be competitive over the upcoming busy Xmas season.
The second of the two winners for Forbes, came in the last race of the day.
Despereaux, trained in Cambridge by Jeff McVean and Emma Lee Browne, scored a gritty win in a Dunstan Championship qualifier over 2200m.
Unwanted in betting, Despereaux started at 17 to one, but Forbes again got the best out of his mount in a close finish.
Settling three back on the rail in the big field, Forbes waited till well into the home straight before asking his mount for the final effort.
“We got a nice run throughout and I knew if the gaps came, we’d be hard to beat” said Forbes.
That confidence came on the back of a good previous run at Matamata.
“He went a great race at Matamata for second last start and with the step up in distance today, I was confident” said Forbes.
Despereaux held out Keenly by a short head, with race favourite Hype just a long neck away in third place.
The Ellerslie double took Forbe’s tally of winners to 14.
That is a more than respectable tally at such an early stage of his career.
Another local to impress at Ellerslie was debut winner St Yazin.
Trained by Chris McNab, St Yazin was ridden by Maija Vance, these days indentured to McNab.
St Yazin overcame an interrupted passage for an impressive narrow win over 1200m.
“Things got a little tight at the 300m, but we were able to get out in to the clear in time” said Vance.
St Yazin scored by the barest of margins with just a nose separating him and runner up, Have No Mercy.
“I wasn’t sure if he got there but he did” smiled Vance later.
Also smiling was the Baker stable after Jeu De Cartes scored over 2200m
The four year old mare was registering her 5th win from just ten starts.
She holds nominations for the upcoming major Cups races and looks capable of more than holding her own.
Finally congratulations to Starpin and Royal Queen who were successful at Trentham on Saturday.  
The Paul Duncan trained Starpin made it back to back wins, while the Jim Campin mare Royal Queen returned to her best form.
Both look destined for higher honours.
I’ll catch you later.