By Phillip Quay
Te Akau three-year-old Sword Of Osman clinched a trip to Riccarton for the Gr. 1 Dubai 46th Two Thousand Guineas on November 10 with his narrow win in the Gr. 2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa today.
“He will have to go to Riccarton now,” said trainer Jamie Richards. “He will be one of three or four runners for us in the Guineas down there.”
“I wasn’t sure if he had got up to win because he was pretty close,” Richards said.
Successful jockey Opie Bosson, pictured, said the son of Savabeel found the line very well. “I can’t see the 1600 metres at Riccarton being a worry.”
“He has gone ahead in leaps and bounds since his last start and really turned the corner,” Bosson said.
“He got a nice soft lead today and relaxed beautifully,” Bosson said.
Sword Of Osman won on three occasions in his juvenile year with victory in the Gr. 1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie over stablemate Avantage being the highlight of the campaign.
Bred by Joan Egan, Sword of Osman was purchased by David Ellis for $165,000 from Trelawney’s 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier draft.
Qiji Express was gallant in defeat finishing second, a nose in arrears of the winner, ahead of favourite Madison County.