Reliable Man has won the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse today April 27, 2013.
The five-year-old’s first Australian win was not without incident, however, with the galloper injuring himself just prior to the line and having to be escorted off course in a horse ambulance.
The connections and trainer Chris Waller will now begin the nervous wait to see exactly what went wrong with the newly imported French stayer.
Waller is hoping Reliable Man can come back from his injury scare to dominate the upcoming spring racing carnival in Melbourne.
“This horse is a serious horse,” he said.
“He’s already done it in Europe, and now he’s done it in Australia.
“We want him to come back.
“The spring is the main thing.”
Jockey Hugh Bowman was aboard Reliable Man for his 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes win and revealed that the horse was in fact quite lame after the race.
“I could see as soon as I stopped riding him up that he was short,” Bowman said.
“It’s a shame he’s obviously a quality animal.
“He’s fairly lame.
“It’s just a terrible shame that it’s ended the way it has.”
Odds on favourite It’s A Dundeel finished second in the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, while Happy Trails placed in third.
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2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||2||RELIABLE MAN (GB)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||–||2||59kg||$12|
|2||9||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||Michael Rodd||2.5L||5||55.5kg||$1.28F|
|3||4||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Glyn Schofield||3L||4||59kg||$41|
|4||6||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Tommy Berry||4.8L||7||57kg||$18|
|5||7||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||Blake Shinn||4.9L||6||57kg||$21|
|6||8||ZURELLA (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Craig Newitt||5L||3||57kg||$101|
|7||1||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5.1L||8||59kg||$21|
|8||3||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Steven Arnold||6.3L||1||59kg||$26|