Reliable Man likely to stand in New Zealand
Australia's biggest racehorse owner, Gerry Harvey, is negotiating to buy the French-bred galloper Reliable Man in a multimillion-dollar deal.
If successful, the rising six-year-old will start his breeding career at Westbury Stud in New Zealand this season.
Reliable Man, a Group One winner in both hemispheres, showed he was a world-class performer when he won the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 27. However, the galloper injured his off-fore tendon 50 metres from the winning post and his racing future was immediately in jeopardy.
Despite showing improvement, Reliable Man's injury meant he would be out of action for several months and the son of Dalakhani was put on the stallion market.
His connections include well-known owners Rob Ferguson, Andrew Ramsden and Gerard Peterson, who each bought a 10 per cent share from Swiss-based owner-breeder Sven Hanson.
Harvey took a liking to Reliable Man after witnessing his Randwick win and believed he would be an instant success at stud in New Zealand.
''I spoke to a number of leading Kiwi breeders to see if they would be interested in a share in Reliable Man and the response was all positive,'' he said. ''As a result I have made an offer to buy the horse and am in the process of finalising a syndicate.''
NZ Racing Desk