Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have enjoyed a rewarding season with the progeny of USA Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Pluck.
The Cambridge trainers have been successful with his first crop representatives Gasoline, Mongolian Wolf and Pluck That with the latter doubling his personal tally at Te Rapa on Saturday. “They’re showing a fair bit the Plucks and doing everything right,” Baker said. “They’ve got good temperaments and I hope they go on as three-year-olds.”
The New Zealand-bred Pluck That, a $20,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase last year, was sent out an odds-on favourite in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race following his maiden win at Tauranga last month and his army of supporters were given an easy ride.
Jockey Matt Cameron was aggressive from a wide gate to sit outside the leader and they had the race in safe keeping when he surged clear to win by a widening four lengths. “He was a bit unlucky first time out and he’s continued to improve,” Baker said. “He’s more of a staying horse but we will consider a start in the LR Ryder Stakes at Otaki in a fortnight’s time.
Pluck (USA) is a son of More Than Ready and stands for a $9,900 (inc gst) fee at Vinery.