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Baker & Forsman Close In On Record
Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman inched closer to breaking the New Zealand trainers' record for a season with a double at Te Awamutu on Sunday and will have a further two opportunities to bridge the gap at the Rotorua meeting tomorrow, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge trainers had just three runners at the Waipa meeting and came away with the two wins and a quinella. They won the 100th Anniversary Waipa 1150 with Charleston Girl, then High Society, part-owned by Baker, beat stable-mate Mistaar in the Power Farming 1580. It was a good day at the office for the country's leading trainers, taking their tally to 104 wins for the season, just seven short of the record set by John Sargent in 2011-12. "It was good to get a couple more on the board," said Baker, whose previous best season was 2008-09 with 73 New Zealand wins. "I know we've still got a bit of time before the season ends, but I'm not sure we'll get there. We'll be trying but we're not going to sacrifice any (horses) to beat the record. If it happens, great." Debutant Zacada, a son of Zabeel, will be the first of the Baker–Forsman runners at Rotorua tomorrow when he contests the Marks Ewen & Associates 2YO, while Dentelle will line up for the stable in the NZI 1230. "Zacada has had a couple of jump-outs and I really like him," Baker said. "He's a grandson of Showella (dual Gr1 winner) and a brother to the pretty good three-year-old Bruce Wallace has got (Giant Turtle). On his breeding he's going to be better over ground." Dentelle is a lightly tried daughter of Swiss Ace who won on debut at Pukekohe last August and will be looking to turn her form around after tailing the field home fresh-up at Ellerslie last month.