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Baker-Forsman Claim second NZ Trainers' Title
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman training partnership has claimed its second New Zealand National Trainers' Premiership off the back of an outstanding season of feature race success, reports NZ Racing Desk. After finishing runner-up to the Te Akau Racing team of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards last year, following their inaugural title in 2014-15, the Baker-Forsman combination ramped up their efforts this year as they claimed a remarkable 19 black-type victories among their tally of 107 wins. Highlighted by the classic victories of Australian Derby and Australian Oaks winners Jon Snow and Bonneval, the Baker-Forsman stable amassed earnings of $2.92million for the season. "We've certainly had a great year, but I think it really just continues on from the level we have been at for the past four or five years," Baker said. "I think this is the most number of black-type wins we have achieved with the 24 across New Zealand and Australia. Last season we probably won more prize money thanks to wins like the Caulfield Cup with Mongolian Khan and the Emirates Stakes with Turn Me Loose." Baker added: "Before that we did well with Dundeel and the like so we really have been building to the stage we are at now for a while." Like any successful stable, Baker acknowledged the often unrecognised role of his staff. "We have a staff of twenty something who do an outstanding job and really put in the hard yards. Without that we certainly wouldn't be in the position we are now," he said.