Third Group 1 winner for Reliable Man

Inspirational Girl trounces rivals in Railway Stakes

RELIABLE MAN. Picture: Westbury Stud.
RELIABLE MAN. Picture: Westbury Stud. Picture: Lesley Warwick

The Grant and Alana Williams-trained Inspirational Girl (5 m ex Be Inspired by Zabeel) followed up her win in the Asian Beau Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) with a fine victory in the Railway Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Ascot on Saturday and in the process handed Westbury Stud shuttler Reliable Man (Dalakhani) his third Group 1 winner. 

Raced by prolific Western Australian owner Bob Peters, the mare was subject to a magic ride from William Pike, flying home to beat Too Close The Sun (Carlton House) by a length and three quarters. Uni Time (Universal Ruler) was another head away in third. 

Purchased by John Chalmers Bloodstock for NZ$190,000 at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka National Yearling Sale, the mare is out of placed Zabeel (Sir Tristram) mare Be Inspired, making him a half-brother to Listed winner Ruettiger (Duporth). 

Be Inspired is herself a daughter of three time-winning Done That (Centaine) and she is a sister to Group 3 winner Rainbow Styling, while she is a half-sister to Zingaling (Redoute’s Choice). 

Done That herself is a grandam of Group 2 winner Demonetization (All Too Hard) and Listed winner Neverland (Big Brown). 

Be Inspired’s 2017 filly by Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock) was purchased by Chris Waller Racing and Brae Sokolski for $300,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and she is now called Brookspire and is unraced. 

The mare joins Miami Bound and Miss Sentimental as the stallion’s other top-flight winners and his 2020 fee at Westbury Stud was advertised at NZ$15,000 (plus GST). He will stand the 2021 northern hemisphere season at Gestut Rottgen for a fee of €6,500 alongside Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Protectionist (Monsun). On announcing their 2021 roster, Gestut Rottgen stud manager Frank Dorff said: "We're delighted to welcome back Reliable Man and look forward to seeing his 94 two-year-olds - by far his biggest crop to date - run for him next year." 

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