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Reliable Man 11Reliable Man’s Leading Girl for Champion Fillies Stakes

The Bob Peters owned Leading Girl steps to 1600m for the first time in her career this Saturday at Ascot when she takes on a strong form race in the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes.

Swiss Ace-1Miss Federer Looking to Ace Rivals in Welcome Stakes

The fantastic run of form of the Swiss Ace progeny looks set to continue tomorrow as the Andrew Carston trained Miss Federer tackles her first black type assignment in the Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes on the final day of the New Zealand Cup Carnival at Riccarton.

Tamarack ATamarack In Fine Form

Redwood gelding Tamarack heads back to Rosehill Gardens on Saturday for the A$120,000 Summer Handicap over 2400m and looks certain to start a warm favourite in the small field for Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride and the Proven Thoroughbreds group of owners.

More WonderMore Wonder Stepping up to Group 1 Challenge

The Westbury bred three-year-old More Wonder takes a big step when he lines up in Saturday’s NZ 2000 Guineas Gr.1 at Riccarton but taking a line through the Mossman colts form, it isn’t hard to make a case for the Team Rogerson trained gelding.

SullySully Due for Winning Turn

Derby placegetter of last year, Sully (Reliable Man), hasn’t been far away in his last two starts and the Busuttin/Young trained 4YO should be at peak fitness when he lines up in the A$300,000 Group 2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington tomorrow.

Little Giant DJHLittle Giant Steps into Class 1 in Hong Kong

The highly talented Little Giant will make his first appearance in Class 1 in Hong Kong on Saturday when he contests the HK$2,625,000 The Panasonic Cup over 1400m. Trained by David Hall, Little Giant boasts a near perfect career record having won 5 of his 6 starts, and the manner in which he returned to the track in the Beijing Handicap on 1 October suggested he is in for a big season, treating his rivals with absolute contempt when winning by 1.5 lengths with his ears pricked in a very sharp 1:08.81 for the 1200m.

Livin' On a PrayerLivin’ On a Prayer and Passing Shot Strong Chances in Pegasus Stakes

Northern gallopers Livin’ On a Prayer (Redwood) and Passing Shot (Swiss Ace) will be strong chances in the Listed Pegasus Stakes over 1000m at Riccarton on Saturday.

Grinzinger StarGrinzinger Star the Reliable Man for VRC Derby

Three-year-old colt Grinzinger Star has been building nicely to tomorrow’s feature at Flemington, the AAMI VRC Derby, and his third placing in last week’s Geelong Classic LR suggests Danny O’Brien has the Reliable Man peaking for the 2500m feature.

Julius DarleyEnjoy Your Retirement “Sir” Julius

What a terrific feeling it must be to go to the races and know you have a talented horse, who with luck in the running is going to return you a dividend. This past week has seen the retirement of the Swiss Ace sprinter Julius who has done just that throughout his career, proving to be an excellent advertisement for his sire, and a fantastic performer for trainer John Bell and his owners M Balzer MNZM, Miss Summer Bell, G H Davey, W G Harris, R E Hawkins, H R Jones, S P Read, M I Robins & P Smith-Schmidt.

Tamarack ATamarack Looking for Back-to-Back Wins

The Joe Pride trained Tamarack will head to Rosehill on Saturday looking to make it back to back victories when he contests the A$120,000 Turner Freeman Handicap over 2400m.

augilarReady to Run Graduate D’aguilar to Remain Unbeaten at the Valley

A graduate from last year’s Westbury Stud draft at the New Zealand Ready to Run Sale is strongly tipped to keep his unbeaten record intact when he steps out in the Essemdon Mitsubishi Handicap at Moonee Valley tonight.

First RockFirst Rock Heads to Wellesley Stakes

El Roca filly First Rock will travel to Wellington this weekend for the Listed Wellesley Stakes as she attempts to become the first winner (and first stakes winner) for her sire in the time-honoured juvenile event at Trentham.

Swiss AceSwiss Aces Looking Forward to a Return to Ellerslie

With the long-awaited return of racing at Ellerslie tomorrow, it is exciting to see Swiss Ace with some talented horses entered at headquarters.

Night's Watch_Foundation Cup_HR copyNight’s Watch Tackles Caulfield Cup

At the beginning of the spring Darren Weir hatched a plan to get Night’s Watch into the A$5,000,000 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup and tomorrow will see Weir’s aim realised as the son of Redwood takes his place in the feature staying race. 

Night's Watch CaulfieldBig Weekend Ahead for Redwood at Caulfield

Redwood has a big weekend ahead of him with runners in the Ladbrokes (Caulfield Stakes) Gr.1 and the Herbert Power Stakes Gr.2 as both Night’s Watch and Rising Red look to cement their position in next week’s A$5,000,000 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup.

Livin' On a PrayerLivin’ On a Prayer Heads Redwood Trio in Taranaki Stakes

The talented Livin’ On a Prayer heads up a trio of Redwood mares who will tackle the Group 3 Taranaki Stakes at Hawera tomorrow. The three mares will all be looking to capture their first black type wins and each has more than a runner’s chance judging by their recent form. The race has rightfully attracted a strong line-up of fillies and mares for the 1400m event with Rosewood and Red Sierra joining Livin’ On a Prayer as quality mares set to battle against the likes of Nicoletta, Darscape Princess, Art Deco, Ruby Armani, Slimline, Yearn, Rayas, and Excelleration.

SulimanSuliman Out to Make it Four in a Row

The Graham Richardson/Gavin Parker trained Suliman will be looking to make it four wins in a row when he tackles the Colchester Engineering Ltd handicap over 2000m on his home track at Matamata on Saturday.

Peaceful Te RapaPeaceful Looking for (Good) Luck

The Murray Baker/Andrew Forsman trained Peaceful (Savabeel) will be looking for a bit of good luck when she steps out in the A$500,000 One Thousand Guineas Gr.1 at Caulfield on Saturday. Peaceful has had plenty of luck since heading to Melbourne off the back of a stakes victory at Wanganui, but most of it has been bad luck, having been cast in her box and scratched from the Thousand Guineas Prelude Gr.3 on race morning two weeks ago, before stepping out in the Listed Antler Luggage Stakes at Flemington last Saturday only to find herself locked away behind the leaders without any sort of run, going to the line with her head on her chest, having no more than a training gallop as she got to the line just 1.65 lengths behind the winner Wild Planet.

BonnevalBonneval Retired

Outstanding racemare Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly) has been retired and will be heading to stud this season. Owners Alastair Lawrence, John Rattray, and Terry Jarvis are likely to sell Bonneval in the coming weeks as they are not breeders and it will come as no surprise to know that there is plenty of interest from breeding farms across Australasia, as not only is Bonneval a dual Horse of the Year and multiple Group 1 winner, but she boasts a very commercial pedigree being a half or full sister to three Group winners in Imposing Lass, Full of Spirit, and Lady Cumquat; while her dam Imposingly has won a New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Title and is a three-quarter sister to Derby winner St Reims and the quality racemare Champagne.

Peaceful WangaPeaceful Looking to Atone for Setback

Stakes winning filly Peaceful (Savabeel-Paloma) will look to make up for lost time when she steps out in the Listed Antler Luggage Stakes over 1400m at Flemington on Saturday. 

Hypnos 1Reliable Man Three-Year-Olds Looking the Goods

We have seen a number of young horses by exciting young sire Reliable Man step out in recent weeks which all augurs well for the stallion’s profile in the months ahead. Among those to impress in recent weeks have been Hypnos, Leading Girl, Amano, and Aalaalune while Sully, Trusty Lad, and War Hero have all returned in good shape.

PeacefulPeaceful to Make Australian Debut

Quality three-year-old and dual stakes winner Peaceful will make her Australian debut on Sunday when she steps out in the Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude over 1400m at Caulfield. The Savabeel filly meets a Group 1 quality field for her first assignment with El Dorado Dreaming, Thrillster, Smart Melody, Qafila, Satin Slipper, Spanish Whisper, Eawase, and company all down to contest the A$200,000 Group 2 for the three-year-old fillies.

Livin On A PrayerRedwood Mare Primed to go One Better

Redwood mare Livin’ On a Prayer ran very well in a fresh state at Hawkes Bay four weeks ago when she finished a bold second to the promising Te Akau Shark, and the talented mare looks well placed to go one better in tomorrow’s West Book Wines Waimauku Handicap over 1200m at Avondale.

Night's WatchCareer Best Performance by Night’s Watch

Redwood gelding Night’s Watch put up a career best performance to land the A$150,000 Group 3 Bendigo Bank Foundation Cup at Caulfield on Saturday and in the process earned a “free pass” to the A$5,000,000 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup should his owners and Darren Weir decide to push on.

Night's Watch Caulfield BNight’s Watch Chasing Caulfield Cup Start

Ballarat trainer Darren Weir will be a little clearer on what direction he takes with the talented Redwood gelding Night’s Watch after Saturday’s Foundation Cup Gr.3. Should Night’s Watch be able to win at Caulfield on Saturday he will earn a free pass to the A$5,000,000 Caulfield Cup with the winner of the Naturalism being exempt from ballot should Weir choose to head that way with the horse.

Tamarack ATamarack Well Placed in Sydney

Redwood gelding Tamarack looks perfectly placed to be a serious contender in the last race at Rosehill on Saturday when he contests the A$120,000 Fugen Handicap over 2000m. Tamarack will be having his fourth start back in this campaign and has been “knocking on the door” at his last couple of runs for Joe Pride and comes into Saturday’s race with just 53kg and top hoop Brenton Avdulla climbs aboard.

First RockFirst Rock to Go One Better

Impressive two-year-old First Rock will look to go one better on Sunday at Counties when she contests the Colliers International 2YO over 800m. The El Roca filly made her debut at Wanganui three weeks ago and after having no luck in the run, she still looked the winner with 100m to run until the more experienced Sai Fah kicked back to win by a length.

Redwood 2018 3The Heiress In Purple Patch of Form

The Kevin Hickman bred and owned The Heiress capped off a purple patch of form in the $25,000 Nufarm/FPA NZ Handicap at Awapuni on Saturday as she careered away for win number three from her past four starts and stamped herself as a very progressive horse indeed.

Swiss Ace ParadeSmart Melody Carries on Unbeaten Record in Cap d’Antibes Stakes

The Gooree Stud owned Smart Melody looked to be one out of the bag as she sprinted away from her rivals at Flemington in the Listed Cap d’Antibes Stakes on Saturday. The Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) filly was recording her fourth career victory from just four starts and looks to be an emerging star for Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.

Rosewood 2Redwood Mares Chase Black Type

The Redwood mares Rosewood and Red Sierra will be chasing black type when they contest the $80,000 Boehringer Ingelheim at Awapuni tomorrow. Both mares have been in a purple patch of form in recent months and a win in tomorrow’s feature would be a just reward for consistency during their current preparation.

ReevederciReevederci Makes Seasonal Debut

The Reliable Man gelding Reevederci will make his seasonal debut in the $50,000 Listed Cambridge Stud Northland Breeder’s Stakes on Saturday and encounters a strong field for his first run back as a three-year-old with Group 1 winner Sword of Osman heading the field and promising geldings Jon Wick and Madison County also down to contest the black type feature.

Miss DustyMiss Dusty Resumes in Singapore

Quality mare Miss Dusty resumes in the S$45,000 Class 4 over 1100m at Kranji tonight after showing an abundance of ability for Cliff Brown during her last preparation where she recorded a win and two seconds from her three career starts and arguably should be unbeaten but for a touch of bad luck in her defeats.

Suliman1Suliman Continues on Winning Way

Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker look to be in for a good season with their promising stayer Suliman (Redwood-Red Mariete) who made it three wins in succession when resuming at Te Aroha on Sunday.

First RockEl Roca Off and Away

While it is early days the early signs could not be more positive surrounding the progeny of El Roca, and it was great to see his first runner – the aptly named First Rock – step out over 800m at Wanganui on Saturday and run so well.

Peaceful WangaPeaceful to Embark on Australian Venture

Savabeel filly Peaceful resumed as a three-year-old at Wanganui on Saturday and could not have been more impressive as she downed a talented field of fillies in the Listed O’Leary Fillies Stakes and may well head to Australia on Spring campaign.

Bonneval UnderwoodDato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Holds Plenty of Interest

Saturday’s feature race in Melbourne, the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, holds plenty of interest for the farm with two-time Horse of the Year Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly), and inform runner Night’s Watch, among the top three elects in the early markets.

Romancer 3Romancer Makes Australian Debut

Former New Zealand stakes winner Romancer will make his Australian debut tomorrow when he steps out in the A$45,000 Hyland Racecolours Handicap over 1200m at Morphettville.

Peaceful Te RapaPeaceful Returns

Talented Savabeel filly Peaceful returns to the track this weekend in the Listed O’Leary Fillies Stakes at Wanganui when she meets a talented field of three-year-old fillies over 1200m.

El RocaFirst Rock in More Ways Than One

Exciting young sire El Roca is scheduled to have his first runner at Wanganui with the aptly named First Rock accepted for the Wanganui Steelformers Juvenile Plate over 800m. 

untitled-67 copyHarvey's Westbury Stud a Massive NZ Player

Courtesy of TDN's Paul Vettise

High-profile Australian breeder and businessman Gerry Harvey has been a major supporter of the New Zealand racing and breeding industry in recent years, building his broodmare team to nearly 300. Included in the band, are a number of imports to his Westbury Stud base at Karaka.

Close UpTarzino Trophy Day Arrives

Saturday signals the first day of spring and the first Group 1 of the new racing season with the running of the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy at Hawkes Bay. The field for the Tarzino sees a number of New Zealand’s best weight-for-age back at the track, and the presence of Group 1 winners Authentic Paddy, Close Up, Jon Snow, Melody Belle, Savvy Coup and Start Wondering is sure to make for an enthralling contest.

Nights WatchNight’s Watch Strongly Fancied at Caulfied

The Darren Weir trained Night’s Watch (Redwood) steps out for the second time in his current campaign when he contests the A$120,000 Jockey Celebration Day Handicap over 1400m against a strong line-up of spring contenders. Night’s Watch put up an eyecatching performance when resuming three weeks ago at Flemington, storming home to beat all but stablemate Theanswermyfriend who went on to frank the form with another strong win at Moonee Valley last week. Not only was Night’s Watch narrowly beaten at Flemington, but the time he ran for his final 1200m was quicker than that the Group 3 sprinters ran down the straight on the same day.

Reliable Man 10Czechoslovakia Makes Australian Debut

Reliable Man gelding Czechoslovakia makes his Australian debut tomorrow when he heads to Morphettville for Trent Busutiin and Natalie Young to contest the Quayclean Handicap over 1400m.

Reliable Man 5Sure Bet Takes Big Step Up

Reliable Man three-year-old takes a big step up from maiden company when she tackles the $101,000 Platinum Homes Taranaki Challenge at New Plymouth today.

Julius KMJulius Heads Towards Tarzino Trophy

Exciting galloper will look to take one step closer to a start in the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy when he lines up as the $3.70 favourite for tomorrow’s Group 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa. 

Kementari AKementari to Tackle Great Mare Second Up

Exciting four-year-old Kementari (Lonhro) will take his place against superstar racehorse Winx in the race named for the wonder mare (the Winx Stakes) at Randwick tomorrow, and the clash will certainly be a drawcard for NSW racing so early in the spring as both horses look to head towards the feature targets in the months ahead.

Nights Watch SandownNight’s Watch Makes Spring Return

Talented galloper Night’s Watch (Redwood) makes his spring return at Flemington tomorrow in the A$100,000 VRC Member Damian Cubela Handicap over 1400m.

LumberjackLumberjack Looking to Drop Rivals

The Chris Gibbs & Michelle Bradley trained Lumberjack looks a big chance to break through for his first win at Ruakaka on Sunday when he lines up in the Northland Business Systems Maiden over 1200m. 

Reliable Man 7Fly to the Moon Steps Up in Grade

Reliable Man mare Fly to the Moon will look to make it back to back victories when she steps up to Rating 65 grade in the final race at Counties tomorrow. An impressive winner at Matamata at her most recent start for Michael Moroney & Pam Gerard, Fly to the Moon has only had three starts in her career to date, resulting in a win and a close second and one unplaced effort at Te Teko on a tricky surface.

Platinum Command 4Platinum Command Scores Deserved Group Victory

Red Giant mare Platinum Command scored a much deserved black type victory when she scored an emphatic win in the Winning Edge Presentations 121st Winter Cup Gr.3 at Riccarton on Saturday. The Lisa Latta trained mare will be retiring to stud this season as the winner of 10 races and stakes of more than $300,000, but the Group victory will cement her ongoing value as a broodmare for the future.

Julius WaikJulius Equal Favourite for Tarzino Trophy

The odds for the excitement machine Julius (Swiss Ace) were slashed for next month’s Tarzino Trophy Gr.1 after he returned to track with an authoritative win in the Allied Security Open at Te Rapa on Saturday. Trained by John Bell at Cambridge, Julius has won his past four starts and boasts an impressive win tally of 7 from 11 and looks to have returned in career best form.

Trusty Lad 2Trusty Lad Looks Promising Stayer

Reliable Man colt Trusty Lad looked a stayer with good potential when he finished strongly to win the first at Doomben on Saturday over 1630m for Matt Kropp and James Orman.

Kementari RGuineasKementari Resumes in Missile Stakes

Exciting four-year-old Kementari (Lonhro) will make his much-awaited return to the track this Saturday in the A$150,000 Missile Stakes at Randwick and will be a warm favourite to make it a winning one. Providing he performs up to the expectation of his connections, the half-brother to Westbury Stud sire Telperion will be in line for a start in the A$13,000,000 The Everest and will be keenly sought after among the remaining slot holders to run in the race.

Red SierraRed Sierra Set to Cap Off Profitable Winter

The David & Emma Haworth trained Red Sierra will be looking to cap off a fantastic run of form when she starts as the favourite for tomorrow’s Group 3 Winning Edge Presentations 121st Winter Cup at Riccarton. The Redwood mare has won three of her four starts this season and heads into the time-honoured event with an impressive last to first victory at Trentham in July.

Julius DarleyJulius Returns to the Races

Highly talented sprinter Julius (Swiss Ace) returns to the racetrack at Te Rapa tomorrow when he contests the Allied Security Open over 1200m. The winner of his last three starts including the Darley Plate Gr.3 and the Concorde Handicap Gr.3, Julius kicks off his campaign tomorrow with a view to getting to the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy at Hawkes Bay on 1 September. Julius meets a talented line-up tomorrow which includes last year’s Tarzino Trophy winner Close Up, Contessa Vanessa, Southern Icon, Magnum and company; and safely through Saturday Julius will be back at Te Rapa for the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate.

BonnevalIt Keeps Getting Better

We had a number of nice horses step out during the past 12 months and we thought it was appropriate to do a little “round up” of the 2017-18 season from a Westbury perspective.

Reliable Man 7Nobu Ready for Step Up to 1500m

Chris Waller’s two-year-old Nobu (Reliable Man) looks well placed to take the step to 1500m when he contests the A$100,000 Owners Recognition Raceday over 1500m at Rosehill tomorrow.

Rosewood 2Rosewood Returns to Awapuni

Quality racemare Rosewood (Redwood) returns to Awapuni on Saturday – a track where she has had 5 starts for 2 wins and 3 seconds – in the $35,000 Fasttrack Insurance over 1200m. Rosewood meets a small, but select, field over the 1200m on Saturday with the likes of Dolcetto, Duffers Creek, and Darci Mac amongst her four rivals. Rosewood comes into the race with just 54kg on her back but the fact that her rivals will all use apprentice claims will make it a competitive race.

Red Giant 5Major Tom Looking for Four in Taumarunui Gold Cup

Red Giant gelding will be looking to make if four wins in a row when he heads to Rotorua tomorrow for the $65,000 Woods Contracting Taumarunui Gold Cup over 2200m. Major Tom has gone from strength to strength in recent weeks with three wins on his home track at Ruakaka including the Whangarei Gold Cup over 2100m.

LiftReliable Man Two-Year-Old to “Lift” at Flemington

Darren Weir’s Reliable Man two-year-old Lift (ex Super Nanny) will have his second career start tomorrow at Flemington when he takes on the A$130,000 Byerley Handicap over 1800m. The A$280,000 yearling purchase had his first start at Ballarat on 24 June, running home strongly from near the rear to finish a close second to British Medium over 1600m and the wide expanses of Flemington and a step to 1800m can only heighten his chances come Saturday.

Reliable ManOmbudsman Favoured at Randwick

The Chris Waller trained three-year-old Ombudsman (Reliable Man) is strongly fancied to make it back-to-back wins when he starts in the A$100,000 Book Spring Now Handicap over 2400m at Randwick. The only three-year-old in the event, Ombudsman was an impressive winner on the course and over the same distance two weeks earlier when ridden by Corey Brown, and will have the services of another top hoop in Kerrin McEvoy when he steps out tomorrow.

Shellez AceShellez Ace to Tackle Black Type

Impressive last start winner Shellez Ace will head to New Plymouth on Saturday where she is listed to run in the $65,000 Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup for Karyn McQuade, or alternatively she may run in the Rating 75 over the equivalent distance, but judging by the ease in which she won her last start at Hawera, she is a genuine chance in whatever race the McQuade’s choose to run her in.

Athletic1Athletica Back in Action at Te Rapa

Talented three-year-old Athletica is set to resume in the Red Alert Taxis – Getting You Home Handicap at Te Rapa tomorrow for Andrew Campbell and looked to near his best form when trialling well at Te Awamutu recently.

Red SierraRedwood Mare Favourite for Group 3 Winter Cup

Redwood’s daughter Red Sierra now heads the market for the upcoming Winter Cup Gr.3 at a quote of $5.00 on the NZ TAB Futures markets off the back of her impressive win at Trentham last Saturday and will head to Riccarton in a rich vein of form as the winner of three of her last four starts.

Red Sierra YRed Sierra Looking to Group 3 Feature Next

The Redwood mare Red Sierra is in dynamic form at present, winning three of her past four starts, and her winning effort at Trentham on Saturday indicated that she will not be out of her depth when she heads to Riccarton to contest the Group 3 Winter Cup in a few weeks.

Swiss Ace PaddockAptly Named Von Trapp Has a Bright Future

The aptly named Von Trapp (Swiss Ace) vindicated the high opinion his connections have of him when he made an impressive debut at Ruakaka on Saturday. Trained at Pukekohe by Richard Collett the two-year-old gelding had been unbeaten in three trials leading into Saturday and overcame a difficult barrier draw to lead comfortably for Andrew Calder early in the race. Von Trapp railed in front at the top of the straight before sprinting away over the concluding stages to win easily by 3.3 lengths and running a smart 59.53 for the 1000m on a slow track.

Superich HK1Red Giant Sprinter Gives Moreira a Superich Send-off

Talented Hong Kong sprinter Superich looked every-bit a topliner with the way he dispensed with a handy field of Class 3 performers on the final day of the 2017-18 Racing Season at Sha Tin yesterday. 

Jolly Honour RosehillJolly Honour to Target 2019 Hong Kong Derby

Reliable Man’s son Jolly Honour, who is owned in Hong Kong by Phillip Ng, will head to Hong Kong shortly to begin his preparation for the 2019 edition of the Hong Kong Derby. The Chris Waller trained three-year-old has won his last two starts at Randwick and Rosehill and the 2000m trip of the Hong Kong Derby should play right into his hands.

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