Quality three-year-old Sword Of Osman (Savabeel x Bunyah) will make a return to the racetrack this weekend when he tackles the Gr.3 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders' Stakes (1200m) at Ruakaka on Saturday.
Sword Of Osman won on three occasions in his juvenile year, with victory in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie over stablemate and Champion two-year-old Avantage the highlight of the campaign.
The son of Savabeel is prepared by Jamie Richards at Matamata and is being set for the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai 46th New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in November.
“He has had two trials to get him ready to return and they have both been pretty good,” Richards said.
“We were keen to get him in behind a couple and just give him some options. Hopefully he's not going to be just one dimensional. He got back and over-raced a little bit in the trials and that's probably taken the sprint out of him, but we've been pleased with him.
“We'll just try and ride him quietly again on Saturday.
Richards said the gelding would likely take in the Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) on October 6, before heading south to the Listed Zacinto Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on October 27 as the lead-ups to the 2000 Guineas.
“I think the Zacinto is now the form race for three-year-olds for that carnival,” Richards said.
Te Akau Racing have established a fine record in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas with four winners of the race in the past decade.
“Sword Of Osman is a gelding and he will also head towards the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) in January before looking at Australia in the autumn."
Sword of Osman was purchased by David Ellis for $165,000 from Trelawney Stud's 2017 NewZealand Bloodstock draft. -NZ Racing Desk