A well-deserved victory for progressive mare Zanyetta was one of the highlights for co-trainer Andrew Forsman on the weekend as he and senior partner Murray Baker added a further four victories to their already record-breaking season.
Although Forsman was at Doomben on Saturday with talented three-year-old Karisto, he managed to keep 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 (1400m) with Peaceful.
The victory of Zanyetta was one that grabbed his attention though as the Tavistock four-year-old dashed away from a handy field of rating 85 stayers over 2100m to register 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 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 on Sunday (NZ time) when unbeaten colt Justify, whom they also share in the ownership of, completed the 13th Triple Crown in American racing history with a wire-to-wire victory in the Gr.1 Belmont Stakes (2400m). – NZ Racing Desk
Zanyetta in winning action at Te Rapa