Trainer voices false ambition with winner

Ambitious Winner (outer) downs Temple Tiger and Stradivarius (rails)  - Trish Dunell
Ambitious Winner (outer) downs Temple Tiger and Stradivarius (rails)

Trish Dunell

Andrew Forsman was in a jocular mood following Ambitious Winner’s hollow victory at Te Rapa on Saturday.

“I understand there are a few slots left in the Everest, we’re keen to have a crack,” he said, tongue in cheek.

Forsman was understandably in high spirts as Ambitious Winner has been in outstanding touch this preparation. His victory in the True Colours Children’s Health Trust Handicap (1400m) was his fourth from his last seven starts.

The Nadeem gelding’s only missed cheque was a previous seventh at Ruakaka.

“The mile there probably stretched him a bit far, let alone getting taken on in front,” said Forsman, who with Murray Baker will this season successfully defend their national trainers’ premiership title.

“We freshened him up and he’s got the job done well.”

Ambitious Winner was given an economical trip on Saturday by Matthew Cameron, sitting behind the pace and one off the fence.

“We got a nice trip on a good speed and once we came out he was too good,” he said.

Ambitious Winner hit the front 150m from home and then drew clear to score by a length and a-quarter.

Temple Tiger fought grimly to the post to edge the pacemaker Stradivarius for second money and Red Tsunami battled on for fourth. – NZ Racing Desk.


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