Derby contenders unleashed at Rotorua

29 DEC 20 | NZ Racing Desk

Mongolian Wings reminded punters he was another in New Zealand Derby contention when he won his second race in row with a comprehensive performance in a rating 65 1560m contest.

The Mongolian Khan gelding had broken maidens nicely at Te Rapa just over a week ago and showed the benefit of that experience as he sat handy to the pace for rider Danielle Johnson before powering clear of his rivals in the home straight.

“I think the step up in trip helped as he is a promising stayer,” Forsman said.

“He took a lot from that maiden (1400m) win and as he steps up in distance, we expect he will keep improving.”

TAB bookmakers reacted quickly to the winning performances, shortening both Frontman and Mongolian Wings into a $16 quote on the Fixed Odds market for the New Zealand Derby.

That market is currently headed by Baker and Forsman’s Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) winner Aegon ($6) and impressive Boxing Day winner Brando ($6). – NZ Racing Desk