Bur­gundy gets first stakes win­ner

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TE Akau prin­ci­pal David El­lis had rea­son for cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day when Hard Mer­chan­dize pro­vided Bur­gundy (Red­oute’s Choice – Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) with his first stakes’ win­ner.

El­lis pur­chased the roy­ally bred Bur­gundy as a year­ling for $1.3m at 2010 New Zealand Blood­stock Premier Sale, from the draft of Pen­car­row Stud, for the Te Akau 2010 Breed­ing Syn­di­cate, and fol­low­ing five stakes’ wins he took up res­i­dent stal­lion du­ties in 2014 at Cam­bridge Stud.

Lead­ing first sea­son sire with three in­di­vid­ual win­ners, Bur­gundy is sec­ond equal on the two-year-old Sires List with his five run­ners pro­duc­ing three win-of five races. Hard Mer­chan­dize (2 g Bur­gundy – Pride and Pas­sion, by Encosta De Lago) was a win­ner on de­but when strik­ing dead ground and showed both his tal­ent ver­sa­til­ity to win the Listed Castle­town Stakes ( 1200m) on heavy go­ing.

“It was a huge thrill for Bur­gundy to sire his first stakes’ win­ner to­day at Wan­ganui,” El­lis said.

“Even though he’s hav­ing great suc­cess with his twoyear-olds, I think they will be far bet­ter at three and I’m pick­ing that he be­come a re­ally good sire.

“Pretty much every Bur­gundy we have in the sta­ble can re­ally gal­lop and they are very nat­u­rally ath­letic horses.”

In­ter­est­ingly El­lis had a ma­jor in­flu­ence in the end prod­uct; pur­chas­ing both the sire and dam of Hard Mer­chan­dize.

From the Golden Slip­per (1200m) win­ner Cal­away Gal (Clang), who low­ered the race record to 1:08.8 when win­ning the A $2.5m fea­ture for two-year-olds in 2002, Pride and Pas­sion was bought by El­lis for $280,000 at the 2010 Magic Mil­lions Sale on Gold Coast.

Bur­gundy is a three­quar­ter-brother to five-time Group 1 win­ning race­horse and suc­cess­ful stal­lion Darci Brahma (Dane­hill), also bought by El­lis, both stem­ming from the Group 1 SAJC Aus­tralasian Oaks ( 2000m) win­ner Grand Echezeaux.

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