Sentimental Miss Back to Her Best

2 December

After a somewhat lack lustre spring, it was good to see the NZ Oaks winner Sentimental Miss (Reliable Man) return to somewhere near her best form when running out a decisive winner of the Listed Steelform Roofing Group Wanganui Cup over 2040m.

The Lisa Latta trained mare was given a lovely run back on the fence by promising apprentice Kozzi Asano and once angled into the clear after straightening, she always looked the winner thereafter for owners the Go Racing Yesteryear Syndicate. Sentimental Miss resumed her four-year-old season with a fast closing seventh in the Foxbridge Plate Gr. 2 behind quality performers Endless Drama and Te Akau Shark, but failed in each of her three efforts at Hawkes Bay over the Spring Carnival.

The daughter of Reliable Man looked something of her old self when she finished off well for fourth over 1550m  at Awapuni two weeks ago, and the step to a middle distance on Saturday saw her recapture the good form she displayed as a three-year-old and installed some confidence with her connections that she could well be a serious Cups horse over the next few months. Hunta Pence (No Excuse Needed) fought on well for second while NZ Derby placegetter Platinum Invador (Redwood) – a stablemate of the winner – closed off strongly from the rear, running the fastest last 600m in the race and hinting a winning turn is not far away.

A $40,000 yearling purchase by Go Racing’s Albert Bosma, Sentimental Miss was bred by The Oaks Stud from the Quest of Fame mare Nostalgic, who was sold to Mr JR Orr and has produced a Niagara filly and a Pins colt since Sentimental Miss was born.