Turn The Ace takes out Te Rapa feature

Breednet - Saturday May 8

Rugged two-year-old Turn The Ace provided a second milestone for his sire Turn Me Loose in the space of seven days when he took out the feature event at Te Rapa on Saturday, the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1100m).

Turn The Ace (outer) and Ryan Elliot win the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa. Photo: Trish Dunell

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained youngster registered the first success as a sire for triple Group One winner Turn Me Loose when he won on debut last Saturday and backed that up with another superb performance to become his first stakes winner.

Rider Ryan Elliot had Turn The Ace away nicely from an inside gate and was content to sit outside a steady pace set-up by race favourite Rangi Toa. The pair established a break on their rivals shortly after straightening and set down to fight out the finish with Turn The Ace getting in the deciding stride to take the race by the barest of margins.

Forsman was delighted with the victory, but admitted it came as part of a bizarre day for the Cambridge stable who had had scored one race earlier with track specialist Crafty Jess in the open 1600m event but had the misfortune to see stablemate Marroni clip heels and fall when lodging his challenge in the event.


“It’s definitely been a crazy day, but it’s very gratifying to pick up a double and to see Turn The Ace win like he did,” Forsman said.

“We weren’t too sure about backing him up after his win last week, but he did really well, so we rolled the dice and got the result we were looking for.

“It was a super win, from a very tough horse, who I think is going to thrive with some time off now before we look at a three-year-old campaign.”

Forsman was pleased to see Elliot not take up the pacemaking role in the race, rather giving Turn The Ace something to focus on and chase down in the home straight.

“I definitely think he is a better horse chasing, so Ryan handled him perfectly,” he said.

“The last thing you wanted to see was for him to lead and maybe knock up in the final stages, but he showed plenty of guts and reminded me of his old man so much with the attitude and determination he displayed.

“We have quite a few by Turn Me Loose in the stable and I think he will definitely make it as a stallion on what they are showing us at home.”

Forsman also reported that Marroni had come through his tumble without any signs of major injury, but was feeling a little stiff and sore, while rider Masa Hashizume was conscious but heading to Waikato Hospital for tests after being clipped by another runner when being thrown clear of his mount. – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Centre Stakes LR 1100m

Te Rapa Track: Dead(5) Time: 1:05.61
Turn The Ace
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: R T Elliot 56.5
2g Turn Me Loose (NZ) x Frescoes (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $30,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Mr AC Forsman
Rangi Toa
T: A W Pike J: S T Collett 56.5
2c Shamexpress (NZ) x Double Parked (NZ) (Thorn Park (AUS))
NZB Ready to Run Sale $105,000
V:Riversley Park Ltd
B: Frontier Bloodstock
T: L R Noble J: L G Innes 55
2f Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Inside Line (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $115,000
V:Little Avondale Stud
B: Cambridge Stud
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: S R Weatherley 54.5
2f Written Tycoon (AUS) x Charmont (AUS) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Divine Sava
T: S B Marsh J: S C Spratt 54.5
2f Savabeel (AUS) x Divine Shiva (NZ) (No Excuse Needed (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $220,000
V:Milan Park
B: Go Racing
T: L R Noble J: D S Johnson 54.5
2f Rubick (AUS) x Gagliano (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $60,000
V:Hallmark Stud
B: Cambridge Stud
MM National Weanling Sale $46,000
V:Erinvale Thoroughbreds Buckley Vic
B: Hallmark Stud
Musigny Lass
T: S & K Alexander J: C J Grylls 54.5
2f Iffraaj (GB) x Lady Pinot (NZ) (Starspangledbanner (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $22,000
V:Milan Park
B: Hughes Bloodstock
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: T Yanagida 56.5
2c Vadamos (FR) x Silke Top (GB) (Librettist (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $185,000
V:Valachi Downs
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Ballymore Stables NZ
T: J W Richards J: J Parkes 56.5
2c Savabeel (AUS) x Magic Dancer (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle (IRE))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $800,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Mr DC Ellis
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