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Another Derby Victory for the Famous Colours?

28 February

Could the colours carried to victory in the 1929 VRC and AJC Derby been seen in the winner’s enclosure after the $1,000,000 Vodafone NZ Derby at Ellersie?

Ninety-one years the great Phar Lap took out the VRC Derby and AJC Derby (both races were run in the spring during this period) in the famous red colours with the black & white hooped sleeves, Phar Lap of course went on to be one of immortal greats of the horseracing world winning 37 of his 51 starts including the 1930 Melbourne Cup, WS Cox Plate (2), AJC St Leger, VRC St Leger, Chipping Norton Stakes, Hill Stakes, Underwood Stakes, Melbourne Stakes (2), Futurity Stakes, St George Stakes, Memsie Stakes and many more.

Tomorrow the identical colours will be carried by the Roger James/Robert Wellwood trained Reggiewood in tomorrow’s Vodafone NZ Derby and while the son of Redwood is not in the top three in the market, he is safely held at $19 on the NZ TAB.

Reggiewood has been very impressive at his past three starts, going down narrowly three starts back by a nose over 1600m at his first run as a three-year-old, and winning his next to with consummate ease over 1950m and 2000m respectively. While tomorrow’s race will be his first against the topliners, his ability to stay is without doubt and one would suggest his pedigree also indicates the 2400m is well within his reach.

Reggiewood is by Redwood (a son of High Chaparral) who has sired Derby placegetters Rising Red and Platinum Invador in the past three years while Redwood was a Group 1 winner over 2400m in his own right. Femme de Lune is by Postponed who has been a good sire of middle distance horses with the likes of Pasta Post, Wait A Sec, Consensus, Postman’s Daughter and Mr O’Ceirin, while Postponed also appeared as the broodmare sire of Rising Romance who ran second in the 2014 edition of the NZ Derby. Reggiewood’s granddam is the Redoute’s Choice mare Moonlight Lily which also adds strength to the argument that the distance will hold no fears for the three-year-old.

A hard run Derby will allow Reggiewood to show his true staying ability and may well find some of his rivals gasping when it comes to running out a strong 2400m. Reggiewood will be ridden by inform jockey Ryan Elliot.