Dijon Bleu’s Gold Trail
DREAMS of Group I glory were enhanced in Saturday’s Group III Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings.
Many in the field of 3-year-old fillies were out to prove their worth for November’s 1000 Guineas at Riccarton with winner Dijon Bleu putting herself firmly in the frame.
Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta wasn’t committing to the blue riband race immediately after, but all going to plan her Burgundy filly will make the trip south.
The big winner on Saturday was jockey Vinnie Colgan who picked up the winning ride on race day after the man booked for the ride, Troy Harris couldn’t make the filly’s carded weight.
Colgan had no worries in his first ride on Dijon Bleu.
‘‘She had a nice run,’’ he said. ‘‘She was travelling very strongly turning for home and won well.’’
The win wasn’t unexpected, at her previous start she was a winner of The O’Leary’s Fillies Stakes a Listed 1200m race at Wanganui and Saturday’s her third success from six starts.
The $26,000 Karaka yearling purchase has won around $100,000 for her ownership syndicate.
Florence Jean stalked the pace behind Astor and fought well for second while Princess Rihanna rattled home from the rear for third and Astor held on for fourth.
The first quartet across the line are under consideration for Riccarton if they continue their good form. TRISH DUNELL
Latta wanted to get her filly home before deciding on a programme.
‘‘She’s not a big filly, she’s a slight filly,’’ her trainer said. ‘‘I think she can get further.
‘‘I wasn’t definitely going to back her up today until Tuesday morning.’’
The win impressed TAB odds setters who wound her in from $26 to $8 for the 1000 Guineas after the ease of her Gold Trail win.
Another to impress was Belle Du Nord ridden by Jason Waddell who made up good ground from the tail of the field.
Tony Pike has an embarrassment of riches for the Hawke’s Bay Guineas on the third day of the carnival.
Haussmann added his name to the growing list of candidates from his Cambridge stable with an emphatic win in Saturday’s 3-year-old race over 1100m run on a Slow9 track in 1:07.27.
He added to jockey Leith Innes’s conundrum of which Pike horse to ride in the Group II $100,000 race on October 7.
‘‘Hopefully I won’t have to make a choice until after the barrier draw,’’ he quipped after Haussmann’s win.
Felton Road, Bostonian and Sacred Rebel (favourite when unplaced behind Haussmann) complete Pike’s candidates for the Guineas.
Innes was confident well before Haussmann made his move.
‘‘He had it sewn up a long way from home,’’ he said.
A son of English Derby winner Pour Moi, Haussmann hadn’t raced since May when he won the Great Northern Foal Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.
‘‘It was a great return,’’ Pike said. ‘‘He’s come in without a trial.’’
The astute trainer warned not to dismiss Sacred Rebel.
‘‘Wait until he gets back on a good surface.’’
The Baker and Forsman stable hit early on the day with a horse likely to be seen in major staying races later in the season.
Highlad stepped up over a middle distance for the first time in his current preparation in the Rating 75 over 2100m and proved his ability with a gutsy win under top weight of 60kg.
Jockey Matthew Cameron settled the even money favourite outside the pacemaker in a muddling run race and had him ready to pounce when the field swung for home.
He was too smart for Strolling Vagabond and No Change who ran second and third respectively.
‘‘It was a really good effort by the horse,’’ co-trainer Andrew Forsman said. ‘‘It was his first run over ground and he’s done well.
‘‘We’ll just take him through the grades for now and there’s some nice cups races later on.’’
Dijon Bleu and Vinnie Colgan claim the Gold Trail Stakes.