Forsman planning to own the result with Aegon in Doncaster

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Forsman planning to own the result with Aegon in Doncaster

By Chris Roots

Andrew Forsman has been a regular winner as a trainer at The Championships, but he will be looking to take home the owners’ trophy as well when Aegon lines up in the Doncaster Mile at Randwick on Saturday.

It was the bittersweet moment when Jon Snow won the 2017 Australian Derby – one of four Forsman has won in partnership with the legendary Murray Baker – that inspired him to keep a share Aegon.

Aegon charges away with the Hobartville Stakes earlier in the autumn.

Aegon charges away with the Hobartville Stakes earlier in the autumn.Credit:Getty

“I bought Jon Snow for a group of owners and they asked if I would stay in him and I decided not too,” Forsman said. “They asked me to find them another one after him and it was Aegon, and when they asked me to stay in I wasn’t going to make the same mistake again.

“I really like Sacred Falls as a stallion and he won two Doncasters, and this bloke just looked a natural.”

Forsman’s paid $150,000 for Aegon, which won his first five starts, including the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, before his first defeat in the Randwick Guineas.

“He was actually my first group 1 winner as an owner, which was exciting,” Forsman said. “We brought him over here to take on his own age but, when he didn’t win the Guineas, we backed off on him and got him ready for the Doncaster.

“We know it is a big ask as a three-year-old to take on more seasoned horses, but he has looked like he is back to old self since I got here and I think he will run well.”

Forsman flew in from New Zealand to oversee the final push towards the Doncaster with Aegon and the Australian Derby with The Frontman, and he considered himself a winner already with the establishment of the trans-Tasman bubble.

“It’s always good to come over and see them in the flesh for yourself,” Forsman said. “But when I heard we don’t have to do quarantine when we go home I was pretty happy.

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“Let’s just hope the good news keeps coming on the weekend.”

Forsman put down Aegon’s Randwick Guineas defeat to the quickest back-up of his career of only two weeks after his explosive Hobartville Stakes victory.

“He was just a little flat, but we have freshened him up now and it will be good to see where he stands against this grade of horse,” Forsman said.

“He is a gelding, so we are going to be seeing him in these sort of races for the next couple of years, and I think he is up to them.”

Forsman is hoping The Frontman, which is a brother to Australian Oaks winner Bonneval, can improve from a disappointing performance in last week’s Tulloch Stakes.

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“We have a high opinion of him, we always have,” Forsman said. “It’s all come a bit soon for him almost.

“We feel he has come through the run perfectly. A bit more give in the ground should be ideal for him. Maybe it was a touch firm for him on Saturday, and he will like the big track at Randwick,” Forsman said.

“He is a colt and he needs to have things his own way a little bit too, so he will roll forward and look to outstay them.”

Meanwhile, the record-breaking Inglis Easter Sale concluded on Wednesday night with 22 lots breaking the $1million mark and a sale average of $375,000.

Hawkes Racing bought the top lot – a Snitzel colt out of Rising Romance – for $2.5 million.

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