Marshal Provides More of the ‘Mongolian Khan’ MagicSaturday, Dec 15, 2018
The Karaka sale ring and Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman were the key ingredients for the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry’s biggest success story to date, and on Saturday at Te Rapa they combined for another big-race win.
Rider Horse’s red and white colours became famous on both sides of the Tasman through the deeds of the $220,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor), who won the Group 1 New Zealand Derby, Australian Derby and Caulfield Cup and was a two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year.
On Saturday it happened again with the $220,000 Premier Sale purchase Mongolian Marshal (NZ) (High Chaparral), who lived up to his obvious potential with his biggest win to date in the $100,000 Group 3 Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup (2400m).
A last-start placegetter in the Group 3 Counties Cup (2100m), Mongolian Marshal turned the tables on his conqueror Igraine (Galileo) with an outstanding staying performance.
With Matt Cameron in the saddle, the four-year-old crept into striking distance approaching the home turn and wore his rival down in the straight to win by a length and a quarter.
Mongolian Marshal has now had 13 starts for five wins, four placings and $204,625 in prizemoney for Rider Horse and co-owners Hope Bloodstock Ltd.
“He’s quite brilliant over a mile (1600m), so it had us wondering whether he was a true stayer,” Baker said. “Although he did run eighth in the Australian Derby (2400m), where he ran on from well back.
“We’ve got a great liking for these colours, and this horse is another lovely horse – a quality horse.”
Fellow Karaka graduate Five To Midnight (NZ) (Domesday), the defending Waikato Cup champion, finished another long neck away in third place.
|Purchaser||Rider Horse NZ (Auckland)|
|Breeding||High Chaparral – Ardeche|
|Sale||Lot 176, 2016 Premier Sale, $220,000|
|Bred by||Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan|