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Mongolian Khan Wins Gr1 Australian Derby
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO colt Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor-Centafit, by Centaine) scored by 0.8-length for trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman in the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Hauraki (Reset-Youthful Presence, by Dehere) & 3YO gelding Volkstok'n'barrell (Tavistock-Volkster, by Volksraad). This was a rare trans-Tasman Classic double for Mongolian Khan who back in February had won the Gr1 New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie. "Straight after the New Zealand Derby we sent him out to the spelling farm for five days and then got him back into work on the Thursday afternoon and brought him over here," co-trainer Murray Baker told Sky Racing. "I have to be honest, he was very disappointing in the Rosehill Guineas because I thought he would have kicked on better, but we have swam him and done a few things with him to get him going." He added, "We thought that he would run a good race today. He is a real 2400 horse and he keeps going at the one speed, which is quite fast." Mongolian Khan, who was a $220,000 purchase by the Mongolian Rider Horse Group at the 2013 NZB Ready To Run Sale from the draft of Regal Farm, took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 New Zealand Derby, Gr2 Avondale Guineas, Gr2 Waikato Guineas & Listed Champion Stakes Prelude) from 9 starts for $1,908,333 earnings. Trainer Murray Baker confirmed that Mongolian Khan will now be spelled to prepare for the Gr1 Caulfield Cup and Gr1 Melbourne Cup in the spring.