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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.

Bred by Gerry Harvey, Hypnos was a $50,000 purchase from the 2017 Select Sale at Karaka for co-trainer Roger James on behalf of long-time owners Ron and Fran Dixon of Wellington. The three-year-old has been a work in progress for his connections who were always aware of his ability but have needed to be patient in their approach towards making him the complete racehorse. Whilst still not perfect, his last two starts have seen good progress in his racing manners, coming from last to finish third in the Bonecrusher Stakes Gr.3, before finishing strongly to race away with the Uncle Remus Stakes, taking his record to two wins, two seconds, and a third from his six career starts.

From the second crop of Reliable Man, Hypnos is the fourth foal of the unraced Elusive Quality mare Quality Dream and the first of three colts the mare has produced by Reliable Man. Hypnos was an athletic yearling who always looked to be more of a three-year-old type, a fact which no doubt impressed James astute eye with a view to building the horse into a worthy classic type as he matured.

A $3,500 broodmare purchase for Gerry Harvey at the 2010 Great Southern Bloodstock Sale in Melbourne, Quality Dream is a daughter of the ARC Royal Stakes winner Dreamworks (Maroof) who in turn is out of the talented racemare Slanchyvah (Kaapstad), the winner of four races including the Listed Doomben Classic and placed in the Group 1 ARC Championship Stakes and NZ Oaks, as well as finishing fourth in the Queensland Derby Gr.1.

A full brother to Hypnos was sold at Karaka in 2018, fetching $75,000 to the bid of Peter Williams for local identity Elias Nakhle – named Well Chosen, the colt has already won a 2YO trial and shows ability - while a yearling brother to Hypnos is catalogued as Lot 872 in the upcoming sale at Karaka in Book 2.

Quality Dream has a foaled a colt foal by Redwood and is back infoal to Reliable Man.

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