Forsman three-year-old enters Derby picture

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Talented three-year-old stayer has booked a place in the (2400m) after coming from last to land a 2180m three-year-old handicap at on Wednesday.

The -trained son of went back to last under and crept into the race shortly before rounding the home turn, making his run widest on the tight-turning Queensland track to a resounding two length victory over a competitive field.

Forsman was on course to oversee proceedings and was delighted to see the race run to suit his charge.

“We thought we were up against it from the barrier draw (14) but the pressure in that first 600m was pretty and set it up for him. He is a genuine stayer,” Forsman said.

“If they run the Derby like that in a week and a half, we will be happy.

“He is a progressive horse who will be a nice stayer as he matures and gets older, but he really is thriving and coming into his own.”

Forsman was acutely aware of the record of jockey Jim Byrne at the unique circuit, where Byrne has won nine senior premierships at Ipswich as well as three apprenticeship titles and is known as the “King of Ipswich”.

“I did my research and Jimmy had done his research too. He knew all about the horse and told me how it was all going to unfold and thankfully it worked out,” Forsman

“I think we will have to put Jimmy on in the Derby. He is a class jockey and he has ridden him a treat today.”

Wednesday's victory in the A$75,000 contest is likely to provide First Innings with enough prizemoney to make the Derby field.

A maiden winner in New Zealand, First Innings was a well held tenth in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) but freshened up well to catch the eye when third in the Group 3 Championship Stakes (2100m) behind stablemate Moonlight Magic.

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