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Reliable Man’s future is up in the air after sustaining an injury whilst winning today’s 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
The five-year-old produced a spectacular performance to win the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes by two and a half lengths ahead of It’s A Dundeel, who finished second, and Happy Trails,who placed in third position.
Despite his thrilling win, Reliable Man was dismounted by jockey Hugh Bowman shortly after the winning post and was immediately loaded onto a horse ambulance for assessment.
Trainer Chris Waller was hopeful that the French local’s injury would not be too severe and he would be back for the spring racing carnival.
“We want him to come back,” Waller said.
“The spring is the main thing.”
Waller was thrilled with Reliable Man’s winning 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes run after his sixth placing in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes last start.
“I haven’t looked forward to a day’s racing as much as today,” Waller said.
“It’s just good to be able to race good horses.
“And welcome to A grade, this horse is a serious horse.
“The owners came all the way out from France, from the other side of the world that’s for sure.
“He’s already done it in Europe, and now he’s done it in Australia.
Jockey Hugh Bowman shed more light on the condition of Reliable Man after the race was run.
“I could see as soon as I stopped riding him up that he was short,” Bowman said.
“(So I did) the right thing by him and got off him.
“It’s a shame he’s obviously a quality animal.
“With the benefit of hindsight, about 50 (metres) out or inside the 50 is where it happened.
“He’s fairly lame.
“It’s just a terrible shame that it’s ended the way it has.”
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2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||2||RELIABLE MAN (GB)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||–||2||59kg||$12|
|2||9||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||Michael Rodd||2.5L||5||55.5kg||$1.28F|
|3||4||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Glyn Schofield||3L||4||59kg||$41|
|4||6||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Tommy Berry||4.8L||7||57kg||$18|
|5||7||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||Blake Shinn||4.9L||6||57kg||$21|
|6||8||ZURELLA (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Craig Newitt||5L||3||57kg||$101|
|7||1||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5.1L||8||59kg||$21|
|8||3||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Steven Arnold||6.3L||1||59kg||$26|
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