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Sentimental MissNZ Oaks a Sentimental Result for Reliable Man

The win of Go Racing’s Sentimental Miss in Saturday’s Al Basti Equiworld NZ Oaks provided sire Reliable Man with a well overdue success at the top level when she outstayed her rivals in determined fashion and posted a 1.3 length win over Beyond the Fort (Niagara) and Star Karen (Camelot).

ComebackComeback Completes Memorable Week for his Dam

Makfi gelding Comeback made it a memorable week for his dam Intelligentsia (Danzero) when he scored his second win in eight days taking out $30,000 Thee Auld Floozie Premier over 1400m at Trentham on Saturday for owner/breeder Gerry Harvey, trainers Team Rogerson, and young stable apprentice Shiarna Johnson.

Ho Ho Khan 2McDonald to Ride Ho Ho Khan in Hong Kong Derby

Leading jockey James McDonald will head to Hong Kong on Sunday to take the mount on the David Hall-trained Ho Ho Khan (Makfi) in the HK$14,000,000 BMW Hong Kong Derby.

SchistSchist Form Strong Lead-In to NZ Oaks

Reliable Man filly Schist has the perfect form guide to the NZ Oaks after running a good second at Otaki to Vodafone NZ Derby placegetter Platinum Invador in her first attempt at a middle distance three weeks ago, and one would suggest that with natural improvement that it could be a sense of perfect timing for the Allan Sharrock trained filly.

Bella Mente MMEl Roca Two-Year-Olds Shaping Up Well

Fastnet Rock’s son El Roca is making a great start to his stud career with his first two-year-olds appearing on the racetracks and showing excellent form.

SchistSchist Form Strong Lead-In to NZ Oaks

Reliable Man filly Schist has the perfect form guide to the NZ Oaks after running a good second at Otaki to Vodafone NZ Derby placegetter Platinum Invador in her first attempt at a middle distance three weeks ago, and one would suggest that with natural improvement that it could be a sense of perfect timing for the Allan Sharrock trained filly.

Night's Watch Caulfield ANight’s Watch Takes on Star-studded Field in Australian Cup

Redwood’s talented son Night’s Watch will take on a quality field when he lines up in Saturday’s A$1.5 million TAB Australian Cup over 2000m at Flemington, a race which sees two Melbourne Cup victors entered, alongside the winners of the VRC Derby, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Moonee Valley Gold Cup, Australian Cup, Peter Young Stakes, Sandown Classic, Ebor Handicap, Sandown Cup, and Empire Rose Stakes.

Kementari BSmall But Elite Field for Randwick Sprint

The $500,000 Group 1 Canterbury League Club Stakes has attracted a small but select field at Randwick on Saturday with the elite entires Kementari, Pierata, and Trapeze Artist taking on Group 1 sprinting star Shoals and up and coming three-year-old Brutal.

Lord ArthurLord Arthur Sure to Enjoy Middle Distance

The regally bred Lord Arthur (Camelot-Imposingly) will be an interesting runner when he steps out in the Barfoot & Thompson 2100m at Ellerslie tomorrow. Having his first start past 1600m, the half-brother to champion racemare Bonneval, Lord Arthur restored the confidence of his trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman at Te Aroha recently when more than a tad unlucky and just going down after putting in what can only be described as an indifferent run prior to that at Hawkes Bay.

Platinum InvadorPlatinum Invador Live Derby Chance

If there was some doubt a week ago whether he would make the field for the $1,000,000 Vodafone NZ Derby, Awapuni visitor Platinum Invador is now on the third line of betting at $7.50 with the NZ TAB and the stars are aligning after winning at Otaki last Saturday and then being a last minute inclusion in the top 18 for the Derby, while top South Island jockey Chris Johnson retains the mount after being in the saddle at his recent outings.

Reliable Man 2018bReliable Man 3YO Nobu Set for Derby Assault

The Chris Waller trained Nobu has had a trouble free preparation heading into tomorrow’s $1,000,000 Vodafone NZ Derby and the 3YO son of Reliable Man looks sure to enjoy the 2400m of the Derby journey.

Postponed 1Honesty by Name, Honesty by Nature

Postponed mare Honesty looks to be a strong chance in tomorrows $50,000 Barfoot & Thompson 1400 at Ellerslie after an excellent effort when a fast-finishing fourth at her last start over 1200m at Ellerslie two weeks ago. Honesty had to go back from a wide barrier, settling last in the run and giving the leaders a big start turning in, before unleashing a storming run to grab fourth, running her final 600m in 33.89.

El Roca-7 copyDouble Stakes for El Roca 

Tomorrow is set to be an exciting day for the El Roca fan base with two very strong chances to sire his first stakes winner (or two with a bit of luck) at Matamata Racing Club. Having their first black-type assignments is the Shaune Ritchie trained Bella Mente who is entered in the Group 2 Matamata Breeders Stakes and in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Slipper is Danica Guy’s Moeraki.

Nights WatchNight’s Watch A Chance at Caulfield

The very good son of Redwood continues his campaign towards the $1.5 million Australian Cup with Night’s Watch entered to start in today’s Group 2 Carlton Draught Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield.

Reliable Man 2018bWaller-trained Nobu to Step Out at Ellerslie

The Chris Waller trained three-year-old Nobu (Reliable Man) steps out for the first time in New Zealand when he heads to Ellerslie tomorrow. The gelding is entered for two races on the Ellerslie card but is first on the ballot for the $100,000 Group 2 Schweppes Avondale Guineas over 2100m, but is also entered for the Rating 65 race over the same journey should he fail to make the field.

Little Giant DJHHall to Line Up Westbury Pair on Big Day at Sha Tin

Australian ex-pat David Hall will line up horses in each of the big races at Sha Tin on Sunday and both originated from Westbury Stud.

Swiss Ace gelding Little Giant will take on the goliath of Hong Kong racing at the moment when he meets the high class Beauty Generation in the HK$10,000,000 The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup over 1400m. Little Giant’s last two runs have been in “Town Hall” company against the best sprinters in Hong Kong, running fourth in the International Sprint and fifth in The Centenary Sprint Cup. Little Giant was seen in the uncustomary role of pacemaker at his most recent start and fought well for a close fifth.

Night's Watch DLaneNight’s Watch Resumes at Caulfield

Talented gelding Night’s Watch (Redwood) resumes in today's A$160,000 Group 3 JC Hodges TS Carlyon Cup over 1600m at Caulfield as heads towards his main target of the $1,500,000 Australian Cup on 9 March. Recently transferred to the stable of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace after being embroiled in the Darren Weir saga, Night’s Watch went close to winning over 1400m when in a fresh state at Flemington in the spring, and the 1600m of today’s race should hold no fears for the talented middle distance horse.

MoerakiMoeraki Making Long Awaited Debut

El Roca two-year-old Moeraki will make his eagerly anticipated debut when he steps out at Te Rapa today in the opening race. Trained at Matamata by Danica Guy, Moeraki has had three trials – winning his last two impressively – and was scheduled to make his debut last weekend before he drew the outside barrier.

Redwood 16Sword in Stone Looking for Derby Ticket

Promising three-year-old Sword in Stone (Redwood) will be looking for a ticket to the $1,000,000 Vodafone NZ Derby at Te Rapa when he tackles the Warren Storm Lifebrokers Waikato Guineas Gr.2 over 2000m. 

Bella Mente MMBella Mente Provides El Roca with First Winner

The Shaune Ritchie trained two-year-old Bella Mente provided her sire El Roca with his first winner when she won the Paper Plus Matamata Juvenile over 1200m at Matamata on Sunday. Out of the Stravinsky mare Joiya, Bella Mente is a half-sister to the Group 1 placed Bella Gioia and the stakes winner Niki Piki Milo – while recent stakes winners Contessa Vanessa and Astor are both out of the immediate family.

Swiss Ace ParadeSwiss Ace Benefit

The past weekend proved to be a Swiss Ace benefit with five individual winners across the two days including the Group 3 Woburn Classic at New Plymouth for the two-year-olds with Miss Federer. 

Graham RichardsonRichardson Purchases Top Westbury Lot

The Karaka Sales have ended for another year and the top priced Lot from the farm was the Exosphere filly from Twenty Angels, who was sold for $350,000 to the bid of Matamata trainer Graham Richardson. An attractive type by first season sire Exosphere, the filly came from the famous “Belle family” and is out of a half-sister to the top sprinter Perfectly Ready.

CamelotLord Arthur On Derby Path

The impeccably bred Lord Arthur could well embark on a Derby path if he can win the $40,000 Gazely Mercedes Benz Premier at Trentham tomorrow. By Camelot from Broodmare of the Year Imposingly, Lord Arthur is a half-brother to Horse of the Year Bonneval, and Group winners Imposing Lass, Lady Cumquat and Full of Spirit and is raced by his breeders Peter Newsom, Mac Whitehouse, and Tony Wales after the horse was passed in for $110,000 as a yearling.

SchistTrio of Reliable Man Fillies to Tackle Desert Gold

Reliable Man will have three fillies to represent him in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes at Wellington on Saturday with Sentimental Miss, Schist, and Sure Bet down to contest the time honoured event.

Livin' On a PrayerRedwood Three-Year-Old Out to Make it Three in a Row

The Lisa Latta trained Platinum Invader (Redwood) will look to take his form line to three in a row when he contests the $40,000 Lincoln Farms Premier over 2200m. The black three-year-old is part-owned by the race sponsor Lincoln Farms in conjunction with Neville McAlister and was a $25,000 by his trainer at Karaka and the style of his most recent victories suggest he could easily be a Vodafone NZ Derby prospect while a win against the older horses tomorrow would be a meritorious effort.

Hypnos 1Hypnos Wins Uncle Remus Stakes

Reliable Man gelding Hypnos recorded an emphatic victory over the warm favourite Dawn Patrol in the inaugural running of the Listed Uncle Remus Stakes at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and confirmed a start in the Group 1 Levin Classic as his next assignment.

Reliable Man x Glory Run v2Night’s Watch Resumes Training

Darren Weir’s highly talented stayer Night’s Watch (Redwood) has resumed training after a well-earned spell following the spring carnival with his eyes on a late summer and autumn campaign for the five-year-old.

Glory DaysGlory Days After Five in a Row

Red Giant mare Glory Days will be looking for her fifth win in succession when she tackles the Group 3 Manawtu Cup at Awapuni on Saturday.

Hypnos 1Hypnos Draws Favourably in Uncle Remus Stakes

The inaugural running of the Uncle Remus Stakes see promising 3YO Hypnos (Reliable Man) take on the much talked about Dawn Patrol (and others) on Wednesday as they prepare for feature racing in January. 

Belle du Nord Te RapaBelle du Nord Storms Home to win Cal Isuzu Stakes

Cambridge trainers Emma-Lee & David Browne were rewarded for their patience on Saturday when Reliable Man four-year-old Belle du Nord scored a well-deserved black type victory when running home strongly from well back in the field to post a well overdue win in the Group 2 $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes.

Reliable Man 7Sentimental Miss Looking For Lucky Break in Eulogy

Reliable Man filly Sentimental Miss will be hoping for a tad more luck than that which she received in the Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes Gr.3 at her most recent start two weeks ago where she flashed home late finishing an unlucky third to the colts Crown Prosecutor and Swords Drawn after being held up for a run until past the 200m mark.

PostponedHonesty the Best Policy at Te Rapa

The Team Rogerson trained Honesty looks well overdue for a win after some excellent efforts of late without much luck when she contests the $30,000 Team Wealleans Premier over 1400m at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Mister PresidentMister President makes Debut

The aptly named Mr President (Sepoy-Mrs Kennedy) will make his raceday debut on Saturday when he steps out in the two-year-old event at Te Rapa for prominent owners Archer Equine Investments Ltd, racing in the blue and white colours made famous by the great Mufhasa.

PostponedRed Cloud Favoured in Chalmers Handicap

The Fraser Auret trained Red Cloud is strongly favoured to take his record to three wins from his past five starts when he steps out in a field of six in tomorrow’s $30,000 Fasttrack Insurance Chalmers Handicap at Trentham over 2500m.

HypnosHypnos Tackles First Black Type

Roger James and Robert Wellwood will test their promising three-year-old Hypnos (Reliable Man) in black type company for the first time on Saturday when he ventures to Ellerslie for the $70,000 Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes over 1400m.

Makfi PrancingComeback in Fine Form

Team Rogerson will line up the talented four-year-old Comeback (Makfi) in tomorrow’s $30,000 JR Webb & Son Handicap over 1200m with the steadier of 60.5kg and a strong form race. 

Trusty Lad 2Trusty Lad Steps to Middle Distance

Promising Reliable Man gelding Trusty Lad steps to a middle distance for the first time in his career at Doomben tomorrow when he contests the $85,000 Makers Mark Eagle Way Stayers Series Heat over 2000m.

High ModeRedwood Gelding wins Inaugural Jericho Cup

Redwood gelding High Mode pulled off a perfectly timed plan by the Anthony Freedman stable when he cleared out for an easy victory in the A$300,000 Jericho Cup over 4600m at Warrnambool. 

Belle du NordBelle du Nord Resumes in Listed Levin Stakes

Group 1 performer Belle du Nord steps out for the first time this season in the Listed Levin Stakes at Otaki this afternoon after wet tracks have delayed her reappearance. Trained by David and Emmalee Browne the Reliable Man mare has had two trials to ready her for today’s outing, winning both impressively, and while the 1200m of today’s race could be well short of her best a good speed will see her finishing off strongly.

Romancer 4Romancer Heads Up Wodonga Gold Cup Field

Redwood gelding Romancer heads up the field for today’s A$100,000 McCrae Motors Wodonga Gold Cup over 1590m and will look to continue the excellent run that trainer Darren Weir and stable jockey John Allen have had in recent weeks. The Weir/Allen combination have been on fire during the spring carnival with wins ranging from Country Cups to a VRC Derby and the juggernaut looks set to continue in the weeks ahead as the summer unfolds.

Ugly Warrior VHUgly Warrior to Continue on Winning Way

Swiss Ace gelding Ugly Warrior will look to continue on his winning way when he contests the HK$1,950,000 Nathan Handicap for the Class 2 performers. Ugly Warrior has made a huge impression in Hong Kong winning five of his six career starts and accumulating stakes of HK$4,746,300 to date.

Gold Medals AGold Medals Favourite for Inaugural Jericho Cup

The Gerry Harvey bred Gold Medals will step out as favourite for the inaugural running of the A$300,000 Jericho Cup over 4600m at Warrnambool on Sunday. The concept for the Jericho Cup is designed to be a re-enactment of a race that took place 100 years ago in the Palestine desert during the closing stages of World War 1. The race contested by soldiers and mounts from the Australian Light Horse brigade was staged as a distraction ahead of a major offensive against Turkish forces. Sunday’s re-enactment will be contested by a field of 12 and true to the Anzac spirit, all horses must have been bred in either Australia and New Zealand.

Romancer 4Romancer Scores Donald Cup Win for Weir

The Darren Weir trained Romancer broke through for his first victory on Australian soil on Sunday when scored a convincing win over Fastnet Latino in the A$70,000 Donald Cup over 1600m and made it win number five from just 20 starts.

Miss FedererMiss Federer Makes it Number Ten for Swiss Ace

The smart two-year-old Miss Federer provided her sire Swiss Ace with his tenth individual stakes winner in Saturday’s Listed Welcome Stakes at Riccarton and continued the great run of form by the Swiss Ace progeny of late.

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