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NobuHigh Hopes for Reliable Man's Nobu in QLD Derby

The talented son of Reliable Man Nobu confirmed his status as favourite for the upcoming Queensland Derby when he made it two wins in succession at Randwick on Saturday in the A$125,000 Mizuno Handicap over 2000m.

From the Chris Waller stable, Nobu put up an excellent performance to come from a long way back to grab victory on the line with jockey Jason Collett having his first on board the grey son of Reliable Man.

“He’s really turned into a professional,” Waller’s racing manager Charlie Duckworth said. “He had to dig deep to attack the horse that was all but home. He is obviously a very fit horse heading into a Derby.”

Bred by The Whitby Bloodstock Trust, the three-year-old gelding was sold at the Karaka Premier Sale through Trelawney Stud’s draft and was purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock for $250,000 with the horse now owned by Mr M J Wyborn, Mrs C Wyborn and Mr R R  Peel-Walker.

The Queensland Derby is set to run on Saturday 8thJune at Eagle Farm Racecourse, a Group 1 2400m race, with Nobu currently a $4.60 favourite over Mr Quickie (Shamus Award) at $6.00. Reliable Man also has Grinzinger Star and Trusty Lady also looking to get a place in the final field.

From a Derby producing sire line, Reliable Man was a Derby winner himself with victory in the Chantilly Prix du Jockey Club and is a proven producer of runners over 2400m having sired this year’s NZ Oaks winner Sentimental Miss and VRC Victoria Derby runner-up Sully.

Another connection to the Derby feature who is looking likely to gain a start is Lord Arthur (Camelot), the half-brother to dual Oaks winner and NZ Horse of the Year filly Bonneval. Born and raised at Westbury Lord Arthur is raced by his breeders Peter Newsom, Mac Whitehouse and Tony Wales, and a resident in the stable of NZ trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Formsan arrived in Queensland just a couple of weeks ago to target the much sought-after title.

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