Top Prospects On Show At Trials

A number of Cambridge-trained youngsters made an impression at yesterday’s Te Awamutu trials and among them two particularly well-bred juveniles.

Lion Tamer’s half-sister Red Robyn was one of them and she was successful in her 850 metre heat, one of three winners for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

“We’ve got a lot time for her and she’s got similar qualities to Lion Tamer – she’s quite tough and a very nice type,” Forsman said.

“She’s ready to go straight to the races and we’ll just wait and see how she comes through the trial.”

Lion Tamer was prepared by Baker to win the Gr.1 VRC Derby and the Gr.1 Underwood Stakes before he tragically broke a leg during the 2011 Gr.1 Cox Plate and had to be put down.

Red Robyn’s stablemates Dentelle, a filly by Swiss Ace, and Sir Percy’s son Harry were the stable’s other two-year-old winners.

“Dentelle was narrowly beaten in her previous trial and we think she can win a race quite quickly and Harry will be a better autumn type,” Forsman said.

Shane Crawford also looks to have an exciting type on his hands in an unnamed son of Henrythenavigator.

A half-brother to the dual stakes winner and Gr 1 Coolmore Classic runner-up Jersey Lily, he strolled to a 10-length win in his heat.

Crawford also took a maiden trial with Luen Yat Diva, as did Ben Foote with Gold Centre’s daughter Silver Minx.