Look­ing to make mark in Melbourne

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Murray Baker and An­drew Fors­man’s as­sault on the riches of the Melbourne Spring Car­ni­val is start­ing to gain mo­men­tum as wit­nessed by Jon Snow’s game per­for­mance at Flem­ing­ton on Satur­day.

The for­mer Gr.1 ATC Derby (2400m) win­ner showed he is right on track for the stay­ing fea­tures on of­fer over the next two months when he fought doggedly to snatch third in the Gr.1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) be­hind im­pres­sive win­ner Grunt.

The If­fraaj five-year-old per­formed with dis­tinc­tion in Melbourne last spring where he cap­tured the Gr.3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Val­ley, and a third plac­ing in the Gr.1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) be­fore pro­duc­ing a cred­itable ef­fort when un­placed in the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) to round out his cam­paign.

“I thought he was very good on Satur­day as it was only his se­cond run back and he will take a ton of im­prove­ment from it,” Baker said.

“It was an out­stand­ing field with nine Group One win­ners in it, so to see him fight on so strongly was very pleas­ing. The track was also pretty firm which isn’t re­ally to his lik­ing, al­though he has pulled up well this morn­ing so he’s def­i­nitely on the way up.”

Baker will now con­sider a start in the Gr.1 Un­der­wood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Septem­ber 30 for his charge, a race where he could be joined by sta­ble­mate Bon­neval who kicked off her cam­paign with an un­placed run at Moonee Val­ley last week­end.

“I’m not quite sure where we will go next with Jon Snow but the Un­der­wood at Caulfield is a likely op­tion for him,” he said.

“Bon­neval is go­ing there as well and I will be look­ing for an im­proved show­ing from her.”

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