The outcome of the $125,000, Mizuno Bm74 Handicap (2000m) for three-year-old’s at Randwick on Saturday might well have been a fore runner for the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8th after Nobu (NZ) snatched the win by a nose over Carif.
Carif and Josh Parr (left) with Nobu (NZ) and Jason Collett outside, picture Sportpix.com.au
Both were on trial for the Derby and both will head north fit and ready to recommence their tussle for superiority. Saturday’s win went the way of the Waller trained Nobu and Jason Collett on the track and if it had not then it would have in the stewards’ room after Carif with Josh Parr went left twice impeding Nobu’s passage.
Not withstanding that it was an enthralling race from both of them for the length of the main straight. Collett tracked Parr into the straight with both out in the middle of the track.
Carif showed a nice turn of foot off the 300m with the So You Think colt, out of the Group 1 winner Norzita, blazing off into the lead. That left Nobu slightly behind and the grey Reliable Man gelding had to chase very hard.
In good form after a non-descript New Zealand Derby attempt in March Nobu (59.5kg) now had the strength to complete that chase even if it took until the final strides to reach Carif (56.5kg) , but he did and the stable will head to Eagle Farm with confidence.
Think It Over (So You Think) (53kg) and Rachel King were third, the margin 2 3/4L.
The time was 2.03.57 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.00. Nobu paid $2.90 on fixed odds and $2.80 on the tote as favourite.
“He had to dig deep to attack the horse who was all but home and look he is obviously a very fit horse heading into Derby. Hopefully he can win a Group 1 for his owners,” said Charlie Duckworth for the stable.
“He will go home tonight and I have no doubt that he will not leave an oat in his bin and he will continue to thrive and with the Queensland weather they usually come on again in the warmer climate so exciting times.”
Nobu, out of the Prized mare Royal Prize, has now won three of his 13 starts and with three placings he has earned stakes of $183,402 for owners Mark Wyborn, Mrs C Wyborn and Robin Peel-Walker.
Nobu and Collett return victorious, picture Sportpix.com.au
Nobu outside, photo finish picture ATC