Justify Delivers Another Promising Winner for Te Akau
The Justify stock have starred this week in the tangerine silks of Te Akau Racing, and the good form continued with Rule of Law (3g Justify x Repeat, by Darci Brahma) producing his maiden victory at Tauranga on Wednesday.
Justify’s Southern Hemisphere bred three-year-old crop includes Te Akau owned Star of Justice who scored an impressive victory in Monday’s rescheduled Group III Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton, and looks a key hope in the Group I Barneswood Farm 1000 Guineas (1600m) for the Mark Walker and Sam Bergerson stable.
Rule of Law continued the stallion’s good form in the Ultimate Mazda Maiden 3YO (1400m), jumping confidently away in just his second race-day start and worked forward from a wide draw (13) in a hotly-contested lead, eventually taking over for Opie Bosson.
Bosson controlled a comfortable tempo through the middle stages and when asked, Rule of Law responded with a decent kick at the top of the straight to gain a two-length break on the field. His early advantage told at the finish and he kept up a strong closing gallop to score by a length.
“It was a really good performance and he looks to be a nice staying horse,” Walker said.
“He’ll only continue to improve as he has more experience, but I liked the way he quickened up in front to establish a break and kept up a very strong gallop.
“I like the way he relaxed as well, because he had to do it at both ends of the races, so definitely a horse with a future over ground.
“One thing I think we’ve learnt about these horses by Justify is that they seem to improve lengths with blinkers on.”
The experienced eye of Bosson also saw staying potential in the three-year-old, who was purchased for $600,000 by David Ellis CNZM at the 2022 Karaka Yearling Sales out of The Oaks Stud’s Book 1 draft.
“He’s a nice relaxed type, jumped well last time and did the same again. I think the further the distance, the better,” Bosson said.
“He’s a horse with a nice action and he’s a promising staying prospect.”
Rule of Law is the first winner for Repeat, a two time winning Darci Brahma mare that is a full sister to dual Group I winner Recite from Group III winner Chant.
Justify has five entries for the NZB Ready to Run Sale in November.