Reliable Man 3YO Breaks Maiden in Style

Media Release - Wednesday November 24

Promising three-year-old Rosberg impressed at Tauranga on Wednesday when scoring his maiden victory in the Katy Laidlaw Property Management 1400.

The son of Reliable Man was having his fourth raceday start, having placed in two of his previous outings.

Rosberg winning at Tauranga on Wednesday. Photo: Kenton Wright (Race Images)

The gelding was positive out of the gates for jockey Ashvin Goindasamy, settling just behind the speed.

Goindasamy navigated his charge five-wide turning for home where he was able to comfortably reel in his rivals and run away to win by a long neck over Principessa, with a further length back to Divine Sava in third.


Trainers Simon and Katrina Alexander were pleased with Rosberg’s winning effort, showing his versatility.

“It was very pleasing to see,” Katrina Alexander said. “I have always been a little bit concerned with him on top of the ground, but he has shown he is comfortable with that, having earlier shown that he also cops wet tracks.

“He is an incredibly honest little horse. He is not a big horse, but he has got a big heart and he really is still learning what it is all about.

“He is a really nice horse to train and is 100 percent genuine, which is really pleasing.”

While no solid plans have been made after Wednesday’s victory, Alexander hasn’t ruled out a path towards the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie next March despite the Gerry Harvey bred and owned gelding missing from the initial nominations.

“Distance will be his best friend in the future,” Alexander said.

“Ashvin said that after the line he just wanted to go again and he pulled up down the back straight.

“Just on his breeding, being by Reliable Man, they are comfortable at a mile to 2000m at least.

“We haven’t made too many plans past here, we just wanted to tick this box and to see him doing it over 1400m. Knowing it is a bit short for him gives us a bit to work with.” – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Katy Laidlaw Management Mdn 1400m

Tauranga Track: Dead(5) Time: 1:25.11
T: S & K Alexander J: A C Goindasamy 56.5
3g Reliable Man (GB) x Tamara (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: R James & R Wellwood J: V A Colgan 55.5
3f Vadamos (FR) x Penthouse Princess (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $240,000
V:Rich Hill Stud
B: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (BAFNZ)
Divine Sava
T: S B Marsh J: D S Johnson 55.5
3f Savabeel (AUS) x Divine Shiva (NZ) (No Excuse Needed (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $220,000
V:Milan Park
B: Go Racing
Dollar Dollar
T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott J: S R Weatherley 57.5
3g Belardo (IRE) x Fairy Story (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
NZB Ready to Run Sale $40,000
V:CH Bloodstock Ltd
B: Mark & Tarnz Racing
NZB Karaka May Sale $11,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Poplar Lodge
Sleepy Jean
T: R James & R Wellwood J: B E Grylls 55.5
3f Belardo (IRE) x Our Sweetheart (NZ) (Lion Heart (USA))
T: J W Richards J: M J Mc Nab 55.5
3f Tivaci (AUS) x Domani Oro (NZ) (Don Eduardo (NZ))
NZB Ready to Run Sale $40,000
V:Riverrock Farm
B: Mr DC Ellis
NZB Karaka Book 2 $18,000
V:Bradbury Park
B: Mr JL Waddell / Riverrock Farm
Lady Pristina
T: S Ritchie & C Murray J: L J Allpress 55.5
3f Sweynesse (AUS) x Prist (NZ) (Shocking (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $80,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Mr SF Ritchie
T: C W Cole J: C J Grylls 55.5
3f Showcasing (GB) x Bouquet (NZ) (My Halo (ARG))
NZB Karaka May Sale $38,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Mr C Cole
Lady Pristina
T: S Ritchie & C Murray J: L J Allpress 55.5
3f Sweynesse (AUS) x Prist (NZ) (Shocking (AUS))
NZB Karaka May Sale $20,000
V:Brighthill Farm
B: Marriott Thoroughbreds
Arjay's Flight
T: M H Brosnan J: S M Mc Kay 57.5
3g Highly Recommended (AUS) x Clareville Flight (NZ) (Iffraaj (GB))
T: Ms Kim Knight J: T L Newman 57.5
3g Shocking (AUS) x Out Of The Barn (NZ) (Sakhee's Secret (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 3 $5,000
V:Westend Partnership
B: Mr DB Smith
Aspen Colorado
T: G Richardson & R Norvall J: T D Thornton 55.5
3f Proisir (AUS) x Ouzo (NZ) (Mastercraftsman (IRE))
Good Oil
T: A Oliveira J: S J Macnab 57.5
3c Dalghar (FR) x Sacred Country (NZ) (Perfectly Ready (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 3 $4,000
V:Brighthill Farm
B: Mr PD Stopforth
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