The all-conquering Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable enjoyed a red-letter day yesterday with a transtasman Group One double to add to a brace of wins earlier in the day at Te Rapa.
Amongst those early Te Rapa victories was a game performance from four-year-old Rip Van Winkle mare Let Me Roar, who passed her toughest test to date when she took out the Team Wealleans open 1400.
It was the mare’s sixth win from as many starts, and she will now step up to the elite level to tackle the Gr. 2 Manco Easter Stakes in a fortnight.
“It was a brave win as she drew the outside and was meeting a far better quality of horse than she has in the past,” co-trainer Andrew Forsman said.
“She is also a little better suited to going right-handed at this stage of her development, so she did have a few factors against her. Class normally prevails though and she has a fair bit of that about her.”
That class factor will be tested in the Easter, with Forsman keen to see her challenged at the top level.
“On what she has shown to date I think she is up to them, however you never quite know until they tackle a race like the Easter,” he said.
“She tends to handle most track conditions, so we’re not worried about that, although she wouldn’t start on a real bog.”
While no further assignments have been planned for the mare, Forsman didn’t rule out the possibility of a Brisbane winter campaign should she perform to expectations at Ellerslie.