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It’s been a strong start to the month of November for exciting young stallion Complacent siring two impressive Australian winners as well as unearthing a promising cups prospect here in New Zealand.

The highly touted staying prospect Comme Bella Fille was back in the winner’s circle for her new connections at Canterbury on Friday night. Racing in the popular OTI Racing colours and trained by leading Sydney trainer John O’Shea she justified her favouritism in the event with a convincing victory over 1900m.

Popular Sydney jockey Tommy Berry let the filly find her feet in the staying contest but managed to angle her out at the perfect time to let her savage the line over the concluding stages. She was left a bit of a task at the top of the straight but showed her fine turn of foot to run over the top of them late.

“We expect this filly to develop well over the coming seasons and she will go through the grades. She will likely step up to Saturday grade on the 4th December at Rosehill in the 4yo+ 2000m event” said O’Shea.

Another exciting staying prospect was on display at Pakenham on Thursday when Project Nuremburg showed his fighting qualities to run away with the 2500m event for trainer Joseph Waldron.

Bred by Jasmine Robertson and Robert Wellwood, he was sold at the 2019 Inglis Ready to Race Sale for $70,000 to bloodstock agent Bevan Smith and Ben Kwok.

“He breezed up really well for the Inglis sale and it was evident he had the ability there. Watching his earlier races you could see that he was always going to get better stepping up in distance and today he showed his staying credentials” said Stud Master Simms Davison.

Back in New Zealand we saw progressive stayer Barracuda return to his favourite Te Rapa track to post another emphatic victory over 2100m for trainer Darrel Hollinshead.

“He stayed the trip really well today, you saw how strong he was going through the line. He’s going to be a good stayer, he can turn himself off easily which is important” said Darrel

“He is out of a High Chaparral mare so I think the further he goes the better he will be. I’m really looking forward to stepping him up to 2400m”

“He reminds me a lot of Bak Da Chief, he won these type of races before going onto win the Waikato Cup. That will be his target this prep, we will go to a race on Counties Cup Day to get him ready for it”

Mapperley Stud presents a stunning Complacent colt at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale on November 17th & 18TH. Lot 7 is a brown colt out of the Thorn Park mare Thyme, who is half-sister to the Hong Kong Gr.2 winning sprinter - Rattan. He is from the same family as stakes winners Her Royal Highness, Kingsguard and Sweet Cheeks.

For full information on Lot 7:

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