Another Zed Mare Chasing Cup Glory

Media Release - Saturday November 7

In-form stayer Robusto underlined her chances for next week’s Group III Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) when she proved too good for her rivals in the Listed Nautical Boat Insurance Metropolitan Trophy (2500m), the traditional lead-up event to the two-mile carnival feature.

Just ninety minutes after trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman collected the trophy for the feature event on the programme, the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), with unbeaten there-year-old Aegon, they were back in the winner’s enclosure with the Zed six-year-old.

Matt Cameron urges Robusto to the finish at Riccarton Photo Credit: Race Images South

Despite boasting some impressive form that included two wins from her last four starts, punters let the northern visitor under their guard, starting at double figure odds ($10) with rider Matt Cameron aboard.

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Cameron made light work of a tricky barrier draw, having Robusto neatly placed in behind the pace throughout, before taking control of the race outside the speed with 1200m to run.

Cameron gave the mare her head at the top of the long Riccarton straight and she showed plenty of fight to comfortably repel the challenges of topweight Who Dares Wins and fellow Cambridge raiders The Good Fight and Lincoln Raider to win by a neat length.

“It was a different kettle of fish for her today as it was a big field of promising stayers on a big roomy track,” Andrew Forsman said.

“She did it really well, was strong through the line and I thought she looked the winner a long way out.

“She will back-up in the New Zealand Cup now as she is a good doer and has really matured in this preparation.

“Just the way she handled herself today, she was really relaxed and is turning into a real racehorse.

“She’s a stakes winner now and a very valuable breeding proposition.”

The 13th stakes-winner for Zed, Robusto is raced by her breeders, John, Mark and Rachel Carter, under their Jomara Bloodstock banner and is the older sister of Gr.2 Championship Stakes (2100m) placegetter Bobby Dee, who now races out of the Bjorn Baker stable in Sydney.

The win continues the fine run of form for stayers such as Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant by Zed, a stallion in whom the Carters own equity, having raced the son of Zabeel from Murray Baker’s yard.

TAB Bookmakers have installed Robusto as the $6 equal second favourite in their Fixed Odds book for the New Zealand Cup behind favourite The Good Fight ($5).

The Baker and Forsman team also enjoyed a successful day closer to home with handy mare Pearlescence scoring over 2100m at Te Rapa. – NZ Racing Desk

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Race Result - Metropolitan Trophy LR 2500m

Riccarton Park Track: Dead(4) Time: 2:37.05
1
Robusto
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: M Cameron 53
6m Zed (NZ) x Adriatico (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
2
1.0
Who Dares Wins
T: Ms L Prendergast J: J R Lowry 59
8g Iffraaj (GB) x Wee Tipple (NZ) (Centaine (AUS))
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $44,000
V:Ardsley Stud Ltd
B: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock
3
1.1
The Good Fight
T: S Ritchie & C Murray J: S R Weatherley 53
6g High Chaparral (IRE) x Pravda (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
High Chaparral
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Rich Hill Stud
B: Mr SF Ritchie
4
1.2
Lincoln King
T: S B Marsh J: D G Bradley 53
6g Shocking (AUS) x Shi Kin Fly (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
5
1.6
Beauty Star
T: A W Pike J: K Asano 53
7g Northern Meteor (AUS) x Fairytale Dancer (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Macquarie Stud, Wellington
B: Hong Kong Jockey Club
6
2.4
Plushenko
T: G & T Shaw J: C K Kwo 53
6g Rock 'n' Pop (AUS) x Russian (USA) (Tribunal (USA))
7
2.5
Baby Menaka
T: J & K Parsons J: A Comignaghi 53
6m Zed (NZ) x Menaka (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
8
3.3
Owen Patrick
T: T Charles & P Corbett J: R D Beeharry 53
6g Ocean Park (NZ) x Unplanned (NZ) (King Of Kings (IRE))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $65,000
V:Highfields Bloodstock
B: NZB as agent
9
3.5
Five Princes
T: C L Spittles J: G A Jogoo 53
5g Red Giant (USA) x My Marguerite (NZ) (Spectacular Love (USA))
10
5.0
Splendior
T: S & M Smith J: C A Campbell 53
7m Tavistock (NZ) x Shibboleth (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE))
11
5.2
Sitarist
T: J & K Parsons J: C R Barnes 53
6m Road To Rock (AUS) x Sita (NZ) (Bertolini (USA))
12
5.7
Hurry Cane
T: R M Connors J: S J Macnab 55
8g Nom Du Jeu (NZ) x Yodel (NZ) (Howbaddouwantit (USA))
13
6.8
Dee And Gee
T: T Charles & P Corbett J: L T Hemi 53
7m Darci Brahma (NZ) x Gabana (NZ) (Jungle Pocket (JPN))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $16,000
V:The Oaks Stud
B: Mr SF Ritchie
14
7.7
Nomen Ludi
T: E E Winsloe J: T R Moseley 56
7g Nom Du Jeu (NZ) x Gladiator's Choice (NZ) (The Gladiator (NZ))
15
8.4
King Of The Dance
T: T Charles & P Corbett J: Rohan Mudhoo 53
6g Animal Kingdom (USA) x Spirited Dancer (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
MM National Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Wexford Stables
16
9.5
Asathought
T: Ms L Vaughan J: C W Johnson 53
4m So You Think (NZ) x Asavant (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
17
9.6
William Wallace
T: A M Bull J: R Cuneen 54.5
8g Darci Brahma (NZ) x Huluava (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $40,000
V:Kilgravin Lodge
B: Makaraka Stables
18
10.3
Vainglory
T: C W Cole J: L J Allpress 53
6m Makfi (GB) x Risible (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $67,500
V:Cambria Park
B: Raffles Racing
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