One of the country’s leading stables is aiming for representation in all three legs of the Triple Crown series at Hastings.
Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have Mime (Mastercraftsman) on target for the opening two legs - the Gr. 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes and the Gr. 1 Windsor Park Plate - with Saint Emilion a chance to join her in the closing event, the Gr. 1 Livamol Spring Classic.
Mime will be a notable first New Zealand race day representative for the powerful China Horse Club, who purchased the Mastercraftsman mare earlier this year. “We think she can be competitive in all three races,” said Andrew Forsman, who prepares the four-year-old with Murray Baker.
Mime, who placed in her 1000-metre heat at the recent Te Teko trials, enjoyed a lucrative three-year-old season with four wins, including the Gr. 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic and the Gr. 3 Sunline Vase, and was spelled after she ran fourth in the Gr. 1 New Zealand Oaks.
“It was a good solid effort at the trials and she had a good blow,” Forsman said. “She’s grown quite a bit and strengthened.”
Meanwhile, Saint Emilion (Mastercraftsman) has risen to a rating of 99 after winning seven races last season and he has returned in fine order following a deserved break.
“He’s had his first serious gallop and he’s making good progress,” Forsman said.