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27 Aug 2018

Congratulations to the incredible training partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman who won 146 races during the season, were unanimous winners of the Trainer of the Year award, sponsored by DUNSTAN.

The partnership set new benchmarks for New Zealand trainers, with a record number of domestic wins and record stake earnings. Their 142 wins in New Zealand eclipsed their own record of 114 wins and their team earned more than $4.7 million in stakes in New Zealand.  It was first time any stable had topped $4 million in a season.

The Baker-Forsman partnership, which produced five individual Group I winners and won 24 black type races in total, also earned A$1,688m in stakes in Australia, bringing the total stake earnings for the season to more than $6 million.

Not only is this their second consecutive year winning the title, it is also the second consecutive year their horse Bonneval won the Horse of the Year title.