Talented Kiwi raider Mongolian Khan more than stamped his claims as one to watch through an impressive Autumn Carnival campaign and appears likely to contest the entirety of his 2015 Melbourne Cup campaign in Australia.
Posting an incredible seven wins from only nine competitive starts so far, Mongolian Khan booked a ticket to major Autumn Carnival events in Australia with a resounding and comfortable victory in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on February 28th.
Unable to match the late pace when fifth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) first-up on March 21st, the son of Holy Roman Emperor more than justified trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman’s decision to travel across the ditch with the colt when he pulled clear to take out the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) by a length.
Thrilled with the way the rising four-year-old has taken to his time in the paddock and return to work, Forsman told Racing Ahead the team is confident of further top level success for Mongolian Khan in Australia this time and revealed he will almost certainly contest his entire 2015 Melbourne Cup campaign in Victoria.
“Almost certainly he’ll do all his racing in Australia,” he said.
“He’ll just target the typical weight-for-age lead-ups, I don’t think Murray’s mapped out an exact plan yet, but I’m sure he’ll be kicking off around September some time and just working him through the normal races.
“He’s coming up really well. He’s such a natural sort of athlete he’s almost come up too soon, so we’re just keeping him ticking over at the moment and waiting to get a trial into him, probably in early August.
“He’s always been quite a reasonably weak three-year-old but being a colt’s helped him I think and now that he’s thickened up as an older horse he looks the full package now.”
Stamping his claims as one to watch from his first competitive appearance on course last September, Mongolian Khan was unable to make anything of an impact when eleventh in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) in October, but won each of the Listed Guineas Prelude (2100m), Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) and Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) leading into his New Zealand Derby triumph.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early 2015 Melbourne Cup odds, for which Mongolian Khan can be taken at a particularly generous quote of $17 for success.