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SulimanSuliman – A Cups Horse in the Making

Matamata trainers Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker look to have a very progressive stayer on their hands after the Redwood gelding Suliman posted a strong win in the Phelan Racing Stables 2100m at Te Rapa on Saturday.

On a day where the rail was out and the kick-back played against those back in the field, the country’s leading jockey Samantha Collett made her intentions clear with Suliman from the time the field left the barriers, heading forward and sitting outside the leader. From thereon it was just a matter of the best stayer going on to win the race as he went on to finish 1.5 lengths clear of Cochise (Savabeel) and a further 1.3 lengths back to the third placed Firefly (Savabeel).

Suliman was a $50,000 yearling purchase for his trainer Graham Richardson and has now had 14 starts for 2 wins and 7 placings and the four-year-old is showing his appreciation for the patient policy his trainers have applied to date.

Suliman is by High Chaparral’s son Redwood from the Red Ransom mare Red Mariete, who in turn is a half-sister to Fast Fleet (Fastnet Rock), the dam of Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap Gr.1 winner Santa Ana Lane (Lope de Vega). Red Mariete is also a half-sister to Waikato Guineas winner Blimey O’Reilly and Perth stakes winner Flag Officer, while the pedigree boast a number of quality international performers Ekraar, Sacahuista, Far Flying, Doublemint, and Gold Stremaer. 

Pictured: Suliman as a yearling - courtesy of Lesley Warwick.


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