Half-Brother to G2 Winner Hypnos to Sell at NZB Ready to Run

Media Release - Wednesday November 11

Cambridge visitor Hypnos showed a good turn of foot to put his rivals to the sword when winning the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton on Wednesday for Roger James and Robert Wellwood putting the spotlight on his half-brother to be offered at the NZB Ready to Run Sale next week..

Hypnos winning the G2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile Photo: Race Images CHCH

Sent out the $4.10 favourite, the five-year-old gelding enjoyed a cosy run behind the leaders under leading jockey Danielle Johnson and was extracted at the right time to score by a length and a half from Tobilicious, with Communique in third.

The son of Reliable Man entered the $230,000 feature in good form, having finished runner-up to subsequent Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint (1200m) winner Marscarpone fresh-up, before winning the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings last month.


“That was brilliant,” Wellwood said.

“We have been down here a week just with him and just thinking about this race, so it is a big relief to get the job done and it’s lovely to see him win so nicely.

“We sat down at the start of the season and looked for a target for the horse and identified this race.

“To get it done is awesome. Its not a Group One but it is probably my biggest win and it is just super to have a plan and see it come off.

“He travelled down here well, we got the right draw (barrier 4) and they ran the race at the right tempo for him just to be there in the right order. It couldn’t have worked out better.”

Winning rider Danielle Johnson was brimming with confidence before the race after talking with James and Wellwood and continued her stunning run of form this season.

“I had a nice gate to work with and knew I had the right horse underneath me,” she said.

“I was sweating on a run for a little bit at the top of the straight, but he fought hard and got through a gap well.

“If you hop on horses for Roger and Robert, they fill you with so much confidence. It makes my job a lot easier and I am just the pilot.”

Hypnos is raced by Fran and Ron Dixon after James purchased him for the Wellington couple from the Westbury Stud draft for $50,000 during the 2017 Select Yearling sale at Karaka.

Lot 30 - click to watch him gallop

Westbury Stud will offer a Redwood half-brother to Hypnos at next week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale as Lot 30.

The smart galloper advanced his record to five wins and seven placings from 22 starts, with $273,245 in prizemoney. – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - 16th Coupland's Bakeries Mile Gr2 1600m

Riccarton Park Track: Slow(7) Time: 1:36.14
T: R James & R Wellwood J: D S Johnson 57
5g Reliable Man (GB) x Quality Dream (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Mr RA James
T: K & A Tyler J: K Asano 52
5g Natural Destiny (AUS) x Sophie Louise (NZ) (Postponed (USA))
T: S Autridge & K Shailer J: C J Grylls 54
4m Redwood (GB) x Al Bayan (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Vigor Winner
T: Ms L Brennan J: M Cameron 54
5g Declaration Of War (USA) x Savont (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $50,000
V:Regal Farm
B: Golden River Investments
Lightning Jack
T: K & A Tyler J: L J Allpress 54
4g Per Incanto (USA) x La Petite (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
T: L R Beckett J: T R Moseley 52
6m Highly Recommended (AUS) x La Generose (NZ) (Generous (IRE))
Picture Me Rollin
T: J R Dalton J: S L Wynne 53.5
6m Highly Recommended (AUS) x Miss Elise (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Flying Sardine
T: K & A Tyler J: Rohan Mudhoo 53
8m Flying Spur (AUS) x Julez (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
Wild Jack
T: S D Blair-Edie J: A Comignaghi 56.5
8g Castledale (IRE) x Batterysnotncluded (NZ) (Yamanin Vital (NZ))
He Kin Fly
T: Ms T Rae J: R Cuneen 59
8g Darci Brahma (NZ) x Shi Kin Fly (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
T: Ms D Guy J: T N Harris 56.5
5g Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x St Germaine (NZ) (Keeper (AUS))
The Growler
T: L & R Didham J: B M Murray 52.5
7g Darci Brahma (NZ) x Miss Relentless (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
T: J & K Parsons J: S R Weatherley 56.5
8g O'Reilly (NZ) x Irish Colleen (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $115,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Mr RA James
Age Of Fire
T: J W Richards J: S T Collett 52
6g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Dragon's Tail (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Buckley, Vic
B: D Ellis
Shirley Maude
T: Ms L Vaughan J: C W Johnson 53
7m Fully Fledged (NZ) x Set The Tempo (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
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