Smart Winner for Mongolian Khan

Media Release - Saturday December 19

Promising three-year-old Mongolian Wings showed he could be on a similar path to his illustrious sire when he produced an eye-catching display to shed his maiden status at Te Rapa.

Mongolian Wings extends nicely for rider Opie Bosson as they hit the finish line at Te Rapa Photo: Trish Dunell

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained gelding is by triple Group One winner Mongolian Khan who scooped a Group One Derby double in his three-year-old season when successful in both the New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie and the Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick.

The Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry-owned entire went on to capture the 2015 Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) as a four-year-old before retiring to stand at Windsor Park Stud in 2016.


Bred and raced by Mr Lang Lin and his Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry group, Mongolian Wings is from the first crop of Mongolian Khan and looks every inch a similar staying type to his sire, judging by what he produced over 1400m on Saturday.

Rider Opie Bosson, who was aboard Mongolian Khan in all of his Group One wins, had Mongolian Wings travelling easily behind the early pacemakers before moving him to the centre of the track in the home straight.

Bosson took his time as he balanced his charge up before asking for a serious effort as Mongolian Wings charged home in the final 100m to claim victory.

Co-trainer Murray Baker was impressed with the run as he charts a course towards a potential start in the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) on March 6.

“He’s a promising stayer who just lacks a bit of experience at the moment,” Baker said.

“In saying that he should be right once he gets up beyond a mile in his next few runs.

“It was a lovely ride as he held him up and only did what he had to do in the end.

“This combination has had a bit of luck in the past so it would be nice to think we might be able to do that again.

“We’ll see how he pulls up before we make any further assessments of him, but I think when he does get over ground you will see a promising horse.”

Mongolian Wings is out of Postponed mare Dolce Bella, a daughter of Gr.2 Championship Stakes (2100m) winner Boulevardofdreams, who also finished third in the 2004 Gr.1 AJC Oaks (2400m). – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Lodge Commercial Mdn 1400m

Te Rapa Track: Dead(4) Time: 1:23.71
Mongolian Wings
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: O P Bosson 57.5
3g Mongolian Khan (AUS) x Dolce Bella (NZ) (Postponed (USA))
T: Team Rogerson J: J J Fawcett 55.5
3f Sweet Orange (USA) x La Manzanilla (NZ) (Duelled (AUS))
T: C W Cole J: S T Collett 55.5
3f Ocean Park (NZ) x Syrah (NZ) (Traditionally (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $100,000
V:Trelawney Stud Ltd
B: Mr C Cole
Darci Diva
T: S B Marsh J: W F Pinn 52.5
3f Darci Brahma (NZ) x Italic (GB) (Medicean (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $40,000
V:The Oaks Stud
B: Marsh Racing
T: M K Farmer J: T D Thornton 57.5
3g Showcasing (GB) x Lullaby (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 3 $22,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: DG Bloodstock
T: C W Gibbs J: C J Grylls 57.5
3g Power (GB) x Clio (NZ) (Captain Rio (GB))
Legal Lady
T: Ms J K Mahoney J: A J Calder 55.5
3f Showcasing (GB) x Street Law (NZ) (Street Cry (IRE))
T: Andrew Campbell J: V A Colgan 57.5
3g Star Witness (AUS) x Cruise Control (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $24,000
V:Blandford Lodge
B: Mr AR Campbell
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: S R Weatherley 55.5
3f Pentire (GB) x Vivere (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
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