Cambridge trainer Murray Baker looks set to play a lead role at his club's flagship meeting at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Baker will saddle Lady Kipling in the Gr II $100,000 Travis Stakes (2000m) and three-year-olds Precision King and Oak Park in the Gr III Windsor Park Stud Breeders' Stakes (1200m).
Savabeel four-year-old Lady Kipling yesterday drew barrier one, fuelling Baker's confidence ahead of the weight-for-age fillies and mares feature.
"I'm very happy with her,'' he said.
"She should go a good race. She likes the track and she should get a good run from barrier one.''
Lady Kipling has raced at Te Rapa four times previously, winning twice, including a decisive one-length win over three-time Gr I winner Shez Sinsational in the Gr II Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) in December.
She has raced in Gr I company four times since, finishing fourth in the Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie, second to Veyron in the Haunui Farm Classic (1600m) at Otaki, sixth in the New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie and fourth in the New Zealand Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha last start.
"She just got a bit far back at Te Aroha,'' Baker said.
"I thought it was a good run to come from as far back as she did. She got to within three-quarters of a length from the winner and that day they weren't really coming from the back.
"She's taken it easy since. She hasn't done a lot, but she's ready. She likes Te Rapa and she runs out a strong 2000m.''
New Zealand Breeders' Stakes runner-up Postmans Daughter yesterday drew barrier two, with Gr II Japan Trophy winner Villifye drawn in barrier three, last-start Manawatu Breeders Stakes winner Mini Pearl in six, three-year-old filly Joy's Choice in 10, Gr II Rich Hill Mile winner Platinum Princess in 14 and Gr III Cuddle Stakes winner Floria in the outside barrier of 16.
Baker had mixed luck with the draws for his three-year-olds in the Windsor Park Stud Breeders' Stakes, with Precision King getting barrier six, while Oak Park drew the outside gate of 20, though will start in barrier 14 after scratchings.
Baker was lamenting Oak Park's draw, saying it almost extinguished her winning chances, though he was upbeat about Precision King's chances.
"He needed that run last week,'' Baker said of the Towkay gelding's third placing at Tauranga last Saturday.
"He hadn't raced for five or six weeks, but that race has really tidied him up.''
Baker said both three-year-olds deserved their chance at a Group race but from the draw there was only one thing to do with Oak Park.
"Pray,'' he quipped.
"She's a brave little horse. She tries hard but she's just a peanut. But you've got to have a go when there's a black-type race there for them.''
Oak Park was a last-start Ellerslie winner beating Saturday's race rivals Thorn Star, Ready Steady, Caipirinha and Prestigious Miss.
Baker will have seven runners at the meeting with Watch King and Decorah contesting the two-year-old race, Pellegrini in the 1400m Rating 85 race and Hurricane Mickey resuming in the 1600m open handicap.
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