At Wanganui in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's beautifully bred Gr3-winning stallion Burgundy (Redoute's Choice-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a black-type success when 3YO brown filly Dijon Bleu (Burgundy-Pristino, by More Than Ready) opened her stakes account when romping to an emphatic win in the $50,000 Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Blanco Belle & Style By Design. Dijon Bleu, who was purchased by her trainer Lisa Latta for $26,000 at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 5 starts for NZ$57,700 in earnings. Latta nominated the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas as a possible target for Dijon Bleu. "There's a lot of options for her and the key will be whether she can get 1400m and further and then if we head south early," Latta told NZ Racing Desk.
Following a runaway win on debut at Hawera in August, New Zealand filly Blanco Belle is set to face her first acid test when she lines up in the Listed The O'Leary's Fillies' Stakes at Wanganui on Saturday, reports theinformant.co.nz. Trainer and part-owner Susan Rainford purchased the daughter of Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco for a bargain NZ$3,000 from the Cambridge Stud draft at the 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Sale with staying events in mind. "She's a staying filly and this is her first preparation," Rainford commented. "She was difficult to break in – she's tough and strong for her age, even though she doesn't actually turn three until October." Rainford is also bullish when it comes to potentially exploring grander plans with the filly, "There's not a lot around for staying fillies in New Zealand, so we might give her a spell after this. There's a nice race in Australia – the VRC Oaks. That's ambitious, but you never know." Interestingly, from a pedigree angle, Blanco Belle descends from Gr1 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes and Gr1 WATC Australian Derby winner Wonder Dancer, while her fourth dam was star staying filly and NZ Champion 3YO Star Belle.