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Forsman unveils promising filly at Hastings

With two promising trials under her belt and potential black-type targets on her radar, two-year-old filly Sacred Dream is set to kick off her racing career in Saturday’s Bonny Glen Landfill 2YO (1100m) at Hastings.

The Sacred Falls filly is a half-sister to Gr.2 Australia Stakes (1200m) winner Sea Lord and Group Three placegetter Dreamcrafter, and closely related to Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) placegetter Vigor and multiple black-type winners Joey Massino and Vincent Mangano.

Trained by Andrew Forsman at Cambridge, Sacred Dream warmed up for Saturday’s debut with two trials last month, finishing second on her home track on June 7 before a third at Te Rapa three weeks later.

Sacred Dream will be ridden by Lisa Allpress on Saturday and jumps from gate three in a nine-horse field.

“She’s trialled really well,” Forsman said. “She’s still quite an immature filly, and she’s going to continue to get better and better as she matures. But she’s shown us enough in her trials and her work to warrant taking her to the races on Saturday and seeing how she goes.”

Forsman sees Sacred Dream as a stakes contender in the making, and possibly even as soon as the Listed Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki on July 30.

“Being a filly, we’d certainly like to give her the chance to go for some black type, so the Ryder Stakes would have to be something to consider if she performs well this week,” Forsman said. “But the hard thing about that is it’ll be two decent trips away from home, and so early in her career. It’s a shame we didn’t have other options on turf that were a bit closer than this.

“It’s going to be a big enough ask going all the way to Hastings and back for her debut on Saturday – that’ll be quite a big day for her. Having to then back up and do it all again for a Listed race at Otaki a couple of weeks later might be a little bit too much, too soon. But we’ll see how she handles everything and then make a plan.”

Sacred Dream could be Forsman’s only runner at Hastings, with Ginsburg an uncertain starter in the Rayner Building/BJW Motors Ltd Stayers (2200m). The talented Iffraaj filly was a strong-finishing third over 1600m in her last start.

“She was really good last time, and I think she’s crying out for further now,” Forsman said. “But she’s drawn very wide this weekend, and she’d only be a 50/50 chance of running there. Another option could be to save her for Woodville on Thursday.”

Forsman also has a couple of interesting runners entered at Te Rapa, including the New Zealand debut of Express Princess in the Group One Turf Bar Sprint (1200m).

Bred by Windsor Park Stud’s operations manager Rachel Murray, the daughter of Shamexpress has done all of her racing to date in Australia. Her 15 starts have produced five wins and four placings, including two impressive wins at Doomben in February and April of last year.

The five-year-old mare has been off the scene since then, but has made pleasing progress in her first preparation in Forsman’s care. She is now back in the ownership of Murray in partnership with Rodney Schick.

“She was on lease to a group of owners over in Aussie, and she had a good record over there,” Forsman said. “Then she had a little bit of a setback and ended up coming back home.

“She’s had a good bit of time off and is on the way back up again now. She’s progressing well, but she’ll definitely improve for this first-up run.

“I’ve been pretty impressed with her. She’s a lovely mare – a big, strong girl. I have no doubt that she’ll make the grade in New Zealand in time.

“The only question I have is how wet she really wants the ground to be. Her record suggests that she performs well on heavy tracks, but if you look at the times she clocked in winning those races, it’s nothing like what we get in winter over here.

“So that’s one of the reasons for running her on Saturday. Hopefully we’ll get an idea of how she handles that sort of track, and then we can take it from there.”

Hot Pinx, the topweight for the J F Grylls Memorial Classic (1500m), has made a good impression with two wins from three starts in this campaign.

“She’s been quite impressive in those wins, and I thought she did particularly well against a competitive field at Te Rapa last start,” Forsman said. “That was a very game win.

“She’s going to have to carry a fair bit of weight this time around, which would be my main concern.

“She’s nominated for the Winter Cup (Gr.3, 1600m) at Riccarton next month, and that would be a great race to have a crack at with her if it worked out. But we’ll need to decide whether she’s up to that big trip to Christchurch, or whether it might suit her better to stay closer to home for the time being.” 

Brownes settling into Cranbourne life

Former Kiwi trainers David and Emma-Lee Browne are enjoying their move to Cranbourne and are looking forward to spring racing with their team.

While they are still in the building stage of their Australian operation, they already have a few exciting youngsters on their books.

“We are building at this stage,” David Browne told Bensley. 

“We have got about 30-odd (horses), so we are sitting at a nice number, and we are ticking away nicely.

“The horses are coming along nicely and are starting to put their best foot forward.

“We have got a fair amount of support from the horses we brought over from New Zealand. 

“We have got a lot of nice two-year-olds that will hopefully step up to nice three-year-olds in the spring.”

David Browne got a taste for Cranbourne after campaigning a small team in Victoria last spring, which included Border Leicester, who won over 3600m at Bendigo last week.

“He relished those real staying trips. Once they become more testing he is always there in the finish,” Browne said.

Browne is also buoyant about the prospects of Group Three winner Elephant ahead of his spring assignments.

“He is coming along really nicely. He is a lot stronger this year then he has ever been,” Browne said.

“He feels great under saddle and has been working well. He had his first quicken-up on Tuesday and he felt really good. 

“We are hoping to get him to a jumpout around the 20th of this month.”

Myers enjoying motherhood

Two years ago Rosie Myers was in a battle for her life after an accident at the Foxton trials and now the former jockey is enjoying life as a mum.

Myers was airlifted to hospital after she was dislodged from her horse shortly after winning a trial at foxton, and was placed in an induced coma.

It has been a long road to recovery for the Manawatu horsewoman, but she has now fully recovered and is enjoying life being a mum to her three-month-old child.

“It has gotten a lot better (being a mum) as time has gone on. The first couple of weeks were really hard but I am loving it,” Myers told Bensley.

Myers said she can’t remember anything about the accident but is very grateful for the support she received from her friends and family, and the racing community.

“I don’t remember any of it but I can imagine it was so hard for my friends and family,” she said.

“I do remember being quite confused when I was in the brain hospital. I didn’t quite know what was going on, but I soon clicked to what was happening.

“It has been a long process but having the right friends and support around me has been great.

“The support has been incredible and the people within the racing industry have been great. It is a tightknit community.

“I am pretty much 100 percent now, which is good.”

Myers said after she awoke the focus swiftly changed from her brain to her hip, which was causing her severe pain.

“When I woke up my hip became really sore and a lot of focus went on my hip and off my brain,” she said.

“I was going through MRI scans, which were painful. Everyone was saying that maybe it was just my brain, that was pretty hard to comprehend. It turns out there wasn’t much wrong, so it could have potentially of been my brain.”

While Myers said she has fully recovered from the fall, she is undergoing counselling for trauma from the incident.

“Just recently I have realised I have been going through a lot of anxiety, but we are working through that now,” she said.

Myers admitted to missing being in the saddle and has aspirations of returning to ride trackwork in the future.

“I have just got a pony from my friend,” she said. I said to Will (Fell, husband), which he shakes his head at, that I want to get my confidence up by riding him because I really want to ride trackwork.

“I miss riding so I want to ride trackwork sometime in the future.”