First Oaks Runner for Reliable Man16 Mar 2018
This weekend will see New Zealand’s best three-year-old fillies compete for the prestigious New Zealand Oaks title at Trentham and derby winning stallion Reliable Man will see his daughter Belle du Nord take her place in the Group 1 line-up.
From Reliable Man’s first southern hemisphere crop, Belle du Nord showed promise early on winning by almost four-lengths by her third career start which earned her a run in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes where she finished a bold second to Melody Belle.
Belle du Nord has placed up to third on six occasions from 11 starts including being narrowly beaten earlier this year in the Group 1 Levin Classic.
Bred by Adrian Clark’s Nearco Stud, the Reliable Man filly is raced by the Northern Club Racing Syndicate No.12 (Managed by Sir David Williams KNZM,QC) and will contest the New Zealand Oaks from barrier 2 with jockey Vinnie Colgan for trainers Emma-Lee & David Browne.
The New Zealand Oaks was won last year by Westbury affiliated filly Bonneval (by Makfi) who went on to win the ATC Oaks making her the first filly since Grosvenor daughter Domino won the double feature 27 years ago. While Sofia Rosa, also by Makfi, was close to scoring the Oaks double in 2016 but after finishing first past the post in the NZ Oaks was unfortunately relegated to second for interference. Both Bonneval and Sofia Rosa were crowned New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year.
Reliable Man will also be represented at Trentham by the Michael & Matthew Pitman trained Czechoslovakia who looks to add a stakes victory to his form in the Group 2 Wellington Guineas. Czechoslovakia has only raced on four occasions and was third last start in the Listed Dunedin Guineas and has also finished first, second and fourth. Matthew Cameron takes the ride from barrier 7.