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Baker & Forsman Poised For More Carnival Success
There's every chance the Auckland carnival success of trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will continue at Ellerslie today, reports NZ Racing Desk. Fresh from Mongolian Khan's victory in the New Zealand Derby, the Cambridge-based horseman have Saavoya and Charmont in the Gr3 Sunline Vase, classy mare Diademe in the Gr3 Westbury Classic, and the progressive stayer Show The World in the feature race of the day, the NZ$500,000 Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m). While Baker believes Diademe and Show The World would be better suited with some give in the track, he has no concerns with their younger stable-mates. "They are two good fillies and we can't really separate them," he said. The dual Gr2 winner of the Eight Carat and Sir Tristram Fillies' Classics, Saavoya was a last-start second to Vavasour in the Royal Stakes with Charmont third. "They are both very fit and ran well at Te Rapa where they were beaten by a better one," Baker said. "We hope to get them to the Oaks at Trentham, they are both bred to stay." Saavoya and Charmont hold nominations for the New Zealand Oaks on 14 March, and the stable's hand could be strengthened if a late payment is made for Pipi Beel. The promising Savabeel filly finished third on Saturday behind the dead-heaters Platinum Witness and Savaria in the Gr3 Lowland Stakes. "It was a good run and she got beaten by a couple of good ones," Baker said. "She raced a bit greenly the first time in blinkers." Saavoya, Charmont ad Pipi Beel are all entered in the $1 million Gr1 Australian Oaks at Randwick on 11 April.