Opie Bosson’s judgment was again emphasised
at Matamata where Sword Of Osman distanced his rivals.
Te Akau’s stable jockey tipped the son of
Savabeel as a rare talent before the two-year-old had raced and his prediction has
been on the money.
Sword Of Osman was successful on debut
before he was unplaced in the Karaka Million (1200m), but he was back in the
winning groove on Saturday with an effortless victory in the Gr.3 Reid &
Harrison Limited Slipper (1200m).
He’s a really, really good horse,” Bosson
said. “He’s one of the best in our stable and I’ve said that from day one. He’s
Sword Of Osman was quickly into stride to
lead and when Bosson asked him for a serious effort 200m from home the gelding
“I thought he raced a bit keenly and
wouldn’t kick like he did, but he’s got a ton of ability,” said Stephen
Autridge who trains with Jamie Richards. “Opie can certainly pick the right
“He led when he won his first start and in
the Karaka Million he got jammed up on the fence and didn’t have a lot of room
so we turned the page on the run.”
A start in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m)
at Ellerslie in a fortnight’s time now beckons Sword Of Osman. “We’ll have to
look at that now,” Autridge said.
Bred by Joan Egan, Sword of Osman was sold by Trelawney for $165,000 at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Sale. -NZ Racing Desk