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Westbury Stallion Continues to Exert Influence

26 July

The aptly named Reliable Man has again proved a dependable source of success this season and a new top-flight winner for the Westbury Stud stallion has highlighted a rewarding 2020-2021.

His daughter Inspirational Girl was successful in the G1 Railway Stakes to join the VRC Oaks heroine Miami Bound and New Zealand Oaks winner Sentimental Girl as elite level winners for Reliable Man, who this week also enjoyed international success.

He was represented by a notable double in Germany, where his Northern Hemisphere base is at Gestut Rottgen, with his son Adrian claiming top honours in the G3 Furstenberg Rennen over 2400 metres at Hoppegarten, Berlin, and Diakrid was a 3-year-old winner over 1400 metres on the under card.

Inspirational Girl provided Reliable Man with his Australasian highlight of the season with her victory in the Ascot feature from Grant and Alana Williams’ stable.

The 5-year-old has since been relocated to Danny O’Brien’s operation by owners Bob and Sandra Peters to prepare for the Victorian spring carnival.

Inspirational Girl was bred by Jamieson Park and is out of the Zabeel mare Be Inspired, who is due to foal again to Reliable Man.

The Westbury stallion’s son Hypnos added the G2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile to his record this season, which already featured the G3 Red Badge Spring Sprint.

Miami Bound’s spring was highlighted by victory in the G2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup and followed up in the autumn with Group 1 placings in the ATC Tancred Stakes and the Sydney Cup.

Other racetracks highlights for Reliable Man included his daughter De La Terre winning the G3 Soliloquy Stakes, in which she defeated subsequent G1 NZ 1000 Guineas winner Kahma Lass, and the exciting Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained Annavisto, winner of four of her last eight starts including the Listed Bendigo Guineas.

A further seven stakes placed horses credited Reliable Man with 12 individual stakes performers for the 2020-2021 season.

Inspirational Girl and Miami Bound aside, Reliable Man will also be represented by a host of lightly-tried spring prospects in the coming months.

Among those to follow will be winners and black-type performers Leading Girl, Reliable Star, Truly Reliable and Nest Egg while Reliable Dude, House Party and Samina Bibi all look capable of progressing through to stakes level.

Reliable Man also has a number of smart Hong Kong representatives for the new season, including six-time winner and Group placegetter Reliable Team and Packing Victory, an impressive winner at his only appearance last month.

Reliable Man’s progeny was as popular as ever in the auction ring with a top-priced colt of $340,000 knocked down to the Hong Kong Jockey Club at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale. Offered by Westbury Stud, he is a brother to De La Terre and Group 1 performer Aalaalune.

Also at Karaka, Attunga Stud went to $250,000 for a filly out of Mrs Kennedy also consigned by the Karaka farm while prominent owner Gary Harding went to $270,000 for the Reliable Man filly out of Zuzela from Westbury’s NZB Ready to Run Sale draft.