Model racehorse Saint Emilion will add further quality to his stable’s assault on an upcoming Group 1 feature.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained grey warmed up for the Group 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m), a weight-for-age contest also on the programme of his stablemate Lizzie L’Amour and possibly Nicoletta, on March 10 with a stylish return at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Saint Emilion took up his favoured front-running role in the Appliance Shed Handicap (1500m) and he left his rivals struggling in his wake in the run home to continue his outstanding winning strike rate.
“We purposefully freshened him up for the Bonecrusher so he’s on target,” Forsman said.
“Once he’s rolling along he can dictate the race and it was a good, strong win. He’s a class horse and very genuine.”
Saint Emilion, who has now won 12 of his 35 starts, hadn’t raced since November, but he had signalled his readiness to return with a recent trial success at Cambridge.
“He had been working really well and I guess the track was the only query, but he needed a good hit- out and he got it,” Forsman said.
Saint Emilion travelled comfortably in the lead and he held a strong gallop to comfortably account for Arraignment and Camino Rocoso, who were both in receipt of six kilos from the Mastercraftsman gelding.
“When he gets to the front he just loves it, he was spot on,” rider Matt Cameron said. “He’s got a high cruising speed and once I got to the 600m I just clicked him up. He was too good.”