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Nobu out to press Derby claims

The Chris Waller-trained Nobu (NZ) (Reliable Man) will be out to cement his claims to Queensland Derby favouritism in Saturday's Mizuno Handicap (2000m) at Randwick.

The gelding has stepped out twice since the New Zealand Derby in March and looked back to his best with a dominant last-start performance on the Kensington track.

Jason Collett rode against him last time and is thrilled to have picked up the plum mount on Saturday.

"I know he went over for a New Zealand Derby campaign and was unsuccessful but that run the other day was quite impressive," Collett said.

Nobu was bred by the Whitby Family Trust and sold through Trelawney Stud's 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock draft. The grey son of Reliable Man was knocked down to bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster for $250,000.