Cambridge filly delivers for Reliable Man

Belle du Nord (Lisa Allpress) crediting Reliable Man with his first success as a sire.

Belle du Nord (Lisa Allpress) crediting Reliable Man with his first success as a sire.

Cambridge trainers David and Emma-Lee Browne were given the thumbs up by Westbury Stud last weekend.

 The husband and wife training partnership produced the first winner for Westbury Stud sire Reliable Man when Belle du Nord raced away to an impressive win in the $30,000 Richardson Racing 2YO Premier at Trentham last Saturday.

Belle du Nord was having her third start and realised the potential she showed when winning a Te Aroha trial then finished second on debut behind the highly rated Ujjayyi on the same track last month.

She dented her reputation when finishing 10th second-up in the Gr.2 J. Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders Stakes, 11 lengths behind the winner, Gold Fever.

“It was a bit of a mystery when she went no good in the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes ,” said David Brownie. “We had expected her to run well there and she didn’t fire at all. She’s always shown us a lot.”

Lisa Allpress climbed aboard Belle du Nord for the first time last Saturday and settled her well back in the 11-horse field then was held up at the top of the home straight.

However, Belle du Nord weaved her way through the field and showed a touch of class with her acceleration which took her to a three and three-quarter-length win over Aloisia.

“She’s a lovely, big, strong type,” said Allpress. “She’s probably one of the nicest I’ve sat on for a while.

“She gave me a great feel. She left them to it out in front in the early part of the race and then powered through them at the end. She felt pretty good.”

The Brownes were thrilled to see Belle du Nord produce the talent they knew she possessed.

“It’s good to see her back,” said Browne. “That was very, very good. Hopefully we can maybe head to the Sires’ Produce Stakes.”

The Gr. 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes will be run at Awapuni on April 1 and the Belle du Nord camp is looking forward to the crack at top level.

Belle du Nord, a half-sister to the talented stakes placegetter What Choux Want, was bred by Nearco Stud and is raced by the Northern Club Racing Syndicate No.12, managed by David Williams QC,

Reliable Man, the Group One French Derby winner who ended his racing career with victory in Randwick’s Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, has had just six starters in his first crop, the light number being not surprising considering he didn’t race until three.