Lord Ardmore to the fore in Sydney

Former Kiwi Lord Ardmore (NZ) (Reliable Man) continued his good late spring form when landing his second Sydney success from his past three outings, having finished runner-up to stablemate Mightybeel (NZ) (Savabeel) on the other occasion.

The son of Reliable Man, who sports the blue and white silks of Go Racing, led throughout under a good ride from Tom Sherry to win over 1800m at Rosehill.

Initially prepared in New Zealand by now retired trainer Stephen McKee, the four-year-old gelding looks to be a handy addition to the Chris Waller stable.

The gelding had finished fourth in both the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and Gr.2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and is now racing through the grades in Sydney.

For two-kilo claiming apprentice Tom Sherry, it was his first winner for the Waller stable and his claim and positive ride proved crucial on the heavy track.

“He was well-placed and probably had the best form-line coming into the race,” Sherry said.

“He appreciated a little bit of weight off his back under those conditions.

“He had an easy time early and then he got pressured. I think those first couple of easy sectionals helped him get through the last half. He ran through the line strong.”

Lord Ardmore was a $65,000 purchase at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sales from the draft of The Oaks Stud.   The Cambridge based farm will present a half brother to Lord Ardmore by Tavistock at Karaka in March 2022. 

-NZ Racing Desk


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