Trainers Locked in Fight for Crown

The race for the Cambridge trainers’ title for 2013-14 looks set to go right down to the wire after a season-long tussle. Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman inched ahead of Roger James yesterday following a double at Te Teko.

They took their tally to 46 and one in front of James following a winning double with Gesemi and Mistaar.

The conditions were ideal for the Ekraar filly Gesemi, who successfully stepped up to a middle distance at her third appearance. The three-year-old is a half-sister to the Macau Derby and Gold Cup winner Farson and the family of the recent Gr 2 Brisbane Cup winner Floria.

Stablemate Mistaar turned her form around with a Rating 75 victory after two previous below par efforts. “She struggled in the ground a bit on the inside, but once I got her out to the better part of the track she won nicely,” rider Danielle Johnson said.

James also had success at the meeting with an emotion-charged win from Ruby Tuesday. The victory came on the heels of the passing earlier in the week of long-time stable employee Joy Robinson. Ruby Tuesday had placed at the trials prior to her first-up winning

performance at Te Teko. The Thorn Park filly is out of the Istidaad mare Diamonsontheinside, who was a six time winner from James’ stable.