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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.

Owned by R R Peel-Walker, Mrs C & M J Wyborn, Nobu has been very consistent in his recent form with a strong win at Canterbury two starts back over 1900m and a fast-finishing fourth over 2000m at Rosehill at his most recent start just two weeks ago. Nobu has appreciated the step up to a middle distance and whichever race he runs in on Saturday, it should top him off nicely for his main target the Vodafone NZ Derby over 2400m on 2 March.

The increasing distances of Saturday, and then the Derby in March, should prove to be of no concern to Nobu with him being a half-brother to Royal Stakes winner Saavoya and to Desert Gold Stakes winner Duchess Kate, while his dam Royal Prize is by the Breeder’s Cup Turf winner Prized.  Nobu’s second dam Eva Grace won an Avondale Cup Gr.1 and the latest stakes winner in the immediate pedigree is last week’s Waikato Guineas winner Sponge Bob who pay the late entry to secure his place in the NZ Derby after not being among the early nominations.

No rider has been listed for Nobu in the Avondale Guineas, while Opie Bosson is booked to take the mount should he start in the Auckland Co-op Taxis 2100m.

Pictured: Nobu’s sire Reliable Man (Lesley Warwick)

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