Sword Of Osman (Savabeel x Bunyah) has taken pole position in
the race for this season’s champion two-year-old honours.
The slick son of Savabeel went to the top
of the juvenile rankings when he produced another powerful front-running performance
to win Saturday’s Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie off the back of his
runaway success in the Gr.3 Reid & Harrison Slipper (1200m).
Trained by Stephen Autridge and Jamie
Richards, Sword of Osman has now won three of his four starts with his sole
defeat coming in the Karaka Million (1200m).
Autridge said their pre-race Sistema plan
was to let the gelding continue his customary pacemaking role and those instructions
were perfectly executed by rider Opie Bosson, who had labelled the youngster a
special talent before he had raced.
“The whole race he relaxed beautifully in
front,” Bosson said. “He changed legs a few times, but he just kept running.
He’s very, very good.”
Sword Of Osman had a length and a quarter
to spare on stablemate Avantage at the post.
“He’s amazing. He’s like a three-year-old
now,” Bosson said. “I can’t wait for his three-year-old career.”
Bred by Joan Egan, Sword of Osman was purchased by David Ellis out of Trelawney Stud's 2017 NZB draft for $165,000. He is the second Group One winner for Trelawney in seven days following Grunt's Australian Guineas win last Saturday. -NZ Racing Desk.