Burgundy gets first stakes winner
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.