Steely in colour and by nature, Mime played the tough girl role to perfection at Te Rapa to upstage her rivals in the Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic.
While the market suggested that Coldplay was the best hope of success for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, it was her determined stablemate who took the major honours on Saturday.
Mime was forced to cover extra ground from a wide draw to get into the race, but she travelled comfortably in a stop-start affair.
“I wasn’t too concerned in a very slowly run race and I thought if I went back I would have no chance,” rider Michael Coleman said.
“I was happy to sit three wide at the speed they were going. When they started to sprint 600 metres out I clicked her up and I was fairly confident swinging in.”
Mime showed no signs of shirking her task and the Mastercraftsman filly held a strong gallop to the wire for her third win for her Hawke’s Bay breeder-owner - a long-time stable and Windsor Park Stud supporter Laurence Redshaw.
“At times she has probably been ridden too handy, and she was again today, but the key was that she didn’t have to do a lot of work early,” Forsman said.
The focus of Mime’s preparation is the Gr.1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks on March 19 and she is currently a $10 chance for the Trentham classic.
“There are plenty of black type options, but she’ll probably go to the Lowland Stakes and then the Oaks,” Forsman said.
Last-start maiden winner Promise To Reign handled her toughest test in style with a bold showing for second ahead of Capella, who got into trouble a couple of times during the race, and the winner’s stablemate Coldplay.
Mime's sire Mastercraftsman, who shuttled to Windsor Park Stud, has done a wonderful job with 14 stakes horses from his NZ first crop and two Group winning 3YOs from his second crop - Mime and yesterday's Gr.1 WFA winner Valley Girl. – NZ Racing Desk.