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Zanyetta caps big day for Baker-Forsman team

  • Sun, 10 Jun 2018
  • NZ Racing Desk
Zanyetta was one of a quartet of winners for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman yesterday.

Zanyetta was one of a quartet of winners for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman yesterday.

A well-deserved victory for consistent mare Zanyetta was one of the highlights for co-trainer Andrew Forsman yesterday as he and senior partner Murray Baker added a further four victories to their record-breaking season.

Forsman was at Doomben on Saturday with talented three-year-old Karisto, but he kept tabs on the New Zealand team’s performance which saw them take out the feature sprint at Trentham with New York Minute along with three races at Te Rapa including the Listed Ssangyong Auckland Futurity Stakes with Peaceful.

Zanyetta's win was one that grabbed his attention, with the Tavistock four-year-old dashing away from a handy field of Rating 85 stayers for her fourth career victory.

“I was really taken by the performance of Zanyetta as it was a just reward for the consistency she has displayed in this campaign,” he said.

“Leading into the race I did think her stablemate Rodrico could have been a slightly better prospect, but she put him and the rest of them away fairly comprehensively in the end. She has really developed this time in, so hopefully there is more to come with her.

“She doesn’t really cope with the deep tracks, so Murray and I will have a talk when I get back from Brisbane, but I would think she might have one more run before we put her away for the spring.”  

Forsman was also pleased with the effort of Karisto, who fought on doggedly for fourth in his hit-and-run Gr. 2 Queensland Guineas mission at Doomben.

“He was only here for the one run, so he will head back to New Zealand for a spell now,” he said.

“He went a top race as he probably didn’t cope with the wet track as well as we thought he might. They took him on in front and he stumbled a couple of times, which didn’t help, so all in all you would have to be pleased with how he went.

“He has finally come of age in his last couple of runs, so I think with a good break under his belt he will be a very nice four-year-old in his next prep.” 

Karisto races in the colours of his part-owners, the China Horse Club, who enjoyed a rare piece of history today when unbeaten colt Justify, who they also part-own, completed the 13th Triple Crown in American racing history with a wire-to-wire victory in the Gr. 1 Belmont Stakes.