By Brad Gray
Another win on Saturday at Warwick Farm will earn Test The World a crack at Stakes company.
The four-year-old mare has built an enviable record of six wins from 10 starts, and with a further four placings to her name, she is testament to trainer Bjorn Baker’s placement of his horses.
Test The World was impressive in defeating Bon Amis at Rosehill Gardens last start but Baker is certain the best is still to come from the daughter of Testa Rossa.
Test The World's last start victory
“I’ve had a bit of luck with a few horses that can string a couple together but we’re really happy with her and I think she is a stakes class mare in the making,” said Baker.
“I think she has improved from (Rosehill) too. She looks a little bit better and has raced well at Warwick Farm previously. She is going really well and drawn 1 is a positive. We’re looking forward to seeing her again.
“We’re going to nominate her for a race on the 30th at Doomben (Nudgee Quality), but she’d have to back up well.”
Surprisingly, Blake Shinn will be Test The World’s seventh different jockey at her 11th start and despite her impost of 59.5kg, Baker wasn’t tempted to claim.
“She is not that straightforward in that she can switch off. She has had quite a few different riders in her limited career but we’ve got Blake Shinn on this time and he is a champion rider,” Baker said.
Baker will also defend his home patch with two-year-old Lagarde in the opening race of the day having run second to Ragged Rascal, who subsequently ran second in the Inglis Nursery, at Muswellbrook on debut.
“That’s one of the main reasons we are running on Saturday, because that form works out okay. She is a Magic Millions filly so if she won well it wouldn’t be out of the question to go up there. She is game, sound and has a good attitude,” Baker said.
“Her first up run was excellent and her trials have been good as well. You never really know what to expect though. It’s hard to line up the two-year-olds but we are in there with an each way chance.”
The Hinchinbrook filly is the first runner to hit the track for Baker’s new partnership with James Harron Bloodstock and it might pay to keep an eye out for the emerald green silks over the coming months.
“They buy a lovely horse and they’ve got some very nice ones with me, so we’re really looking forward to getting more to the track for them,” said Baker
Coolring rounds out Baker’s Warwick Farm team and he expects the seven-year-old to be somewhere in the finish fourth up with a couple of runs under his belt.
“He gets into the race with a light weight, which is why we chose this race. He is just running into form and his last start was a lot better. He is taking a while to get fit as he gets older so I’m thinking this will be his best run of his preparation,” he said.
“He’s not out of it and on his day is a good horse but he has got to show something in the next run or two to warrant continuing. We go there with a bit of confidence though.”