Di­jon Bleu’s Gold Trail

Sunday News - - RACING - TIM RYAN

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.

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