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Derby Home Coming For NZ-Bred Disobedience
New Zealand’s racing public will finally get to see a Darren Weir-trained runner in the flesh. According to racing.com, the in-form conditioner, who has never before had a runner in the country, will saddle Civil Disobedience in tomorrow-week’s Gr1 New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie. The son of beautifully bred stallion Raise The Flag (Sadler's Wells-Hasili, Kahyasi) was sent across to Hobart for his last start where he thumped his rivals in the Tasmanian Derby. John Allen was in the irons that day, and the jockey will make the trip to Auckland to again partner the promising stayer who currently has 4 wins & 4 placings from 10 starts for $212,390 earnings. Civil Disobedience was purchased by Weir and renowned bloodstock expert John Foote for $32,500 at the 2016 NZB South Island Yearling Sale. He is expected to fly out tomorrow ahead of a gallop at Ellerslie on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Weir's successful Tasmanian raids could again bare fruit when Pleasuring will jump a pronounced favourite in Sunday's Tasmanian Oaks.