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Top Kiwi Filly Sold to Australia

Thursday, 10th May 2018

Multiple stakes-winning Kiwi filly Dijon Bleu (Burgundy-Pristino, by More Than Ready) has been sold to Australian interests, reports NZ racing Desk. The Lisa Latta-trained filly enjoyed a highly successful 3YO campaign before a leg injury ruled her out of the New Zealand Oaks. "She's been purchased by Kia-Ora Stud in New South Wales," said bloodstock agent Paul Beamish, who brokered the deal. "She's going to be an exciting breeding prospect." Recently crowned the 2017-18 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year, Dijon Bleu won six of her 11 starts including the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m), Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m), and Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m). She was also successful at Listed level in the Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) and the O'Learys Fillies' Stakes (1200m), and runner-up in the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).

Lightning Strikes Twice With Secret Allure

Monday, 7th May 2018

The Select Sale was where it all began for this season's New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Dijon Bleu (Burgundy), and the same trainer and owners struck black-type gold with another Select Sale graduate when Secret Allure (Zacinto) won Saturday's $50,000 Listed Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes at Riccarton. Making the fourth start of her career, the $36,000 purchase came from midfield and shot through a gap along the inside to take the lead in the straight. Fellow Karaka graduate Peaceful (Savabeel) chased gamely, but Secret Allure was too strong and scored by 1.25 lengths. "She felt great," said jockey Rosie Myers. "Once she got that split by the rail, she gave me a really good turn of foot. She probably even got there a bit too easily and just eased up a bit. I think she'll run further than this later on. She's pretty tractable and will do what you ask her to do."

Dijon Bleu Named NZB Filly Of The Year

Monday, 19th March 2018

Savvy Coup's outstanding win in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on Saturday confirmed Dijon Bleu (Burgundy) as the 2017-18 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year. Dijon Bleu missed the Oaks due to injury, but had already established a lead in the series. She earned a formidable total of 30 points with wins in the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) and Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m), along with placings in the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m). The only filly in Saturday's Oaks field who could catch Dijon Bleu was Contessa Vanessa who had to settle for second behind Savvy Coup. Savvy Coup moved up to 24 points in the Filly of the Year Series securing her a third-place finish behind Dijon Bleu (30) and Contessa Vanessa (26). Dijon Bleu was bred by Craig Grammer and the Robinson Family Trust. She was offered by Landsdowne Park at the 2016 Select Sale where she was bought for $26,000 by her trainer Lisa Latta.

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Oaks A Thrilling Finale for NZB Filly Of The Year Series

Thursday, 15th March 2018

The curtain will come down on the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series for another year on Saturday when an outstanding field lines up in the tenth and final leg, the $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham. There are only two fillies who can win the coveted title of Filly of the Year for 2017-18, namely Dijon Bleu (Burgundy) and Contessa Vanessa (Bullbars). The Lisa Latta-trained Dijon Bleu's season came to a premature end in February due to injury, but she has compiled an imposing total of 30 points with wins in the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) and Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m), and placings in the Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) and Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m). Dijon Bleu's tally of 30 points would have been enough to win the title in any of the last six seasons. However, the winner of the New Zealand Oaks receives 12 points, which gives Contessa Vanessa a chance of a last minute victory. The Team Rogerson filly has earned 19.5 points through wins in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) and Gr3 Sunline Vase (2100m), along with placings in the Eulogy Stakes and Gr2 Royal Stakes (2000m). Victory in the Oaks would see her claim the title with 31.5 points. Click here to view commentary on each NZ Oaks runner.

Contessa Chases NZB Filly Of The Year Series Leader

Friday, 2nd March 2018

Only one filly poses any threat to current 2017-18 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series leader Dijon Bleu (Burgundy). That filly is Contessa Vanessa (Bullbars) who will line up in tomorrow's ninth leg of the series, the $70,000 Gr3 Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie. Dijon Bleu has amassed a formidable tally of 30 points, which all but guarantees her the prestigious Filly of the Year title. However, with injury prematurely ending Dijon Bleu's season, a window of opportunity presents for second-placed Contessa Vanessa. If the latter can win both the Sunline Vase (6 points to the winner) and the final leg of the series, the $400,000 Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on 17 March (12 points), Contessa Vanessa will finish with a winning score of 31.5 points. Other fillies in Saturday's field with Filly of the Year Series points to their name are Kapoor (Reliable Man) with 4, Blanco Belle (Cape Blanco) with 3, Gris Dame (Reliable Man) with 2, and Marcellina (Savabeel) with 2. Click here to view commentary on each Sunline Vase runner.

Eighth NZB Filly Of the Year Leg Key Oaks Trial

Wednesday, 28th February 2018

The New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series continues tomorrow with the running of the eighth leg - the $70,000 Gr3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings, a key lead-up to Oaks races on both sides of the Tasman. Lowland Stakes winners have a remarkable Oaks record in recent seasons with 2015 winner Savaria winning the New Zealand Oaks, 2016 winner Sofia Rosa finishing runner-up in the New Zealand Oaks before winning the Australian Oaks, and last year's winner Bonneval claiming the New Zealand Oaks & Australian Oaks double. This year's 13-strong Lowland Stakes field features Group 1 winner Hasahalo, Group 1 placegetters Belle du Nord and Savvy Coup, highly regarded stakes winner Treasure, and stakes placegetters Milseain, Swing Note, Caricature and Luxe. The Lowland Stakes is worth 6 points to the winner, with 3 points for second and 1.5 for third. Hasahalo currently sits third on the points table with 12, just behind the second-placed Contessa Vanessa on 13.5. Dijon Bleu is the clear leader with 30 points. Click here to view commentary on each runner.

Lowland Next for Treasure

Wednesday, 21st February 2018

New Zealand Oaks (2400m) favourite Treasure will return to the central districts to finalise her preparation for next month's Trentham feature, reports NZ Racing Desk. An impressive last-start winner of the Listed Oaks Prelude (1800m) at Pukekura, Treasure (Mastercraftsman-Penny Whistle, by O'Reilly) is set to have her final classic lead-up in the Gr3 Little Avondale Stud Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on Thursday week. "So far so good," trainer Tony Pike said. "We've always had a massive opinion of Treasure, she's just taken a few runs to work things out and the blinkers have helped her." Treasure, who is out of a half-sister to the dam of Pike's Gr1 Auckland Cup winner Chenille, is the new $5 favourite for the Oaks on 17 March after injury forced Dijon Bleu to abandon plans for the race.

Dijon Bleu Wins Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic

Monday, 12th February 2018

At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's beautifully bred Gr3-winning stallion Burgundy (Redoute's Choice-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a Group race success when classy 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Dijon Bleu (Burgundy-Pristino, by More Than Ready) cast aside any doubts about her stamina with a strong win in the $100,000 Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) for 3YO fillies, defeating the late-closing duo of Mark Two & Milseain. Dijon Bleu, who was purchased by her trainer Lisa Latta for $26,000 at the 2016 NZB Select Yearling Sale, advanced her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes, Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes, Listed Soliloquy Stakes & Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 NZ 1000 Guineas) from 11 starts for NZ$307,700 in earnings. Despite the win, Latta refused to commit Dijon Bleu to running in the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on 17 March. "We'll head to the Lowland Stakes first and take it from there," Latta told NZ Racing Desk. "She's been up a long time. There's a lot of fillies in there bred to stay and she's not, but she has got a blistering turn of foot."

Blanco Belle on Target for Oaks

Thursday, 1st February 2018

Blanco Belle will take another step towards the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on 17 March when she makes an appearance at her home meeting on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The daughter of Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco has shown plenty of promise in her four starts to date, with placings in the Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes & Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes (1200m) behind top filly Dijon Bleu. "She's going to run in the fillies' race here over 1800 metres. It's nice and handy for us," said New Plymouth part-owner and trainer Susan Rainford, referring to the Listed Oaks Prelude. "She's going along well and we're just trying to get her to relax a bit better. She gives her track rider a hard time, but we'll sort her out." Blanco Belle certainly possesses the requisite pedigree to be a classic contender. From the Montjeu mare Mondue, she descends from the successful Belle Fox (NZ) family that includes Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Plucky Belle, Gr1 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes & Gr1 WATC Australian Derby winner Wonder Dancer, Gr1 South Australian Oaks winner Casey Belle, Gr2 Queensland Guineas winner Winning Belle, while her fourth dam was star staying filly and Champion NZ 3YO Star Belle. Blanco Belle is currently rated an $18 chance for the NZ Oaks.

Dijon Bleu Wins Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes

Monday, 22nd January 2018

At Trentham in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's beautifully bred Gr3-winning stallion Burgundy (Redoute's Choice-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a Group race success when classy 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Dijon Bleu (Burgundy-Pristino, by More Than Ready) raced clear over the concluding stages to post a hollow win in the $70,000 Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Blanco Belle & Milseain. Dijon Bleu, who was purchased by her trainer Lisa Latta for $26,000 at the 2016 NZB Select Yearling Sale, improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes, Listed Soliloquy Stakes & Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 NZ 1000 Guineas) from 10 starts for NZ$245,200 in earnings. Trainer Lisa Latta said Dijon Bleu was unlikely run in Saturday's Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) despite being eligible. "Looking at the weather forecast I don't want to run her on a hard track," Latta told NZ Racing Desk. "We'll more than likely look at the Sir Tristram Classic [Gr2] next."

Filly Of the Year Series Leader Returns

Friday, 19th January 2018

The New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series continues tomorrow with the running of the sixth leg, the $70,000 Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham. The fillies feature sees the return of current table-topper Dijon Bleu (Burgundy). The Lisa Latta-trained filly has led the Series from the start, winning the first leg – the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings in September. She then finished second in the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m), boosting her total to 16 points. Dijon Bleu will maintain her Series lead regardless of Saturday's result, with 6 points available to the winner and her nearest rival in the field, The Lustre (Darci Brahma), sitting on 3.5. Larima (Pour Moi) was a fast-finishing fourth in the Eulogy and Sandrine (Savabeel) finished seventh in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic, while the rest of the Desert Gold field will make their Filly of the Year Series debut. They include a number of impressive last-start winners such as Swiss Precision (Swiss Ace), Rondinella (Ocean Park), and Milseain (Tavistock), a full-sister to Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther. In addition to the 6 points on offer to the Desert Gold Stakes winner, there are 3 points for second and 1.5 for third. Click here to view runner comments.

Larima Striding Towards Oaks

Thursday, 4th January 2018

Lightly raced NZ filly Larima (Pour Moi-Splinter, by Thorn Park) is reported to be thriving since unwinding on her stakes debut in the Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) at Awapanui to finish a closing fourth behind Savvy Coup, Gr1 performer Dijon Bleu and subsequent Gr2 Eight Carat Classic winner Contessa Vanessa. A stylish Maiden winner on her home deck at Taranaki in December, New Plymouth-based trainer Janelle Millar is excited at the progressive nature of her filly as the Gr1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ Oaks looms on March 17. "It was a really good run [at her stakes debut] and she had a week off after that and she's back in work now. We weren't surprised, we've always had a lot of time for her. The way she won her second start was pretty impressive, she's a very classy horse." Next up for Larima is likely to be the Gr3 Wellfield Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) on January 20 at Trentham before a potential tilt at the Oaks Prelude leading into the Lowland Stakes at Hastings. A NZ$30,000 purchase by Michael Wallace's Waterford Bloodstock at the 2016 NZB Ready To Run Sale, Larima hails from a family which includes Joint Champion 3YO Sprinting Filly Star Satire and her Gr2 Silver Slipper-winning daughter Satin Shoes.

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Savvy Coup Wins Gr3 Eulogy Stakes

Monday, 18th December 2017

At Awapuni in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group race success when 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Savvy Coup (Savabeel-Eudora, by Pins) secured some valuable black-type with an impressive win in the $70,000 Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Dijon Bleu & Contessa Vanessa. A $65,000 purchase at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Waikato Stud, Savvy Coup improved her record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 8 starts for $89,250 in earnings. Savvy Coup will now be aimed at the Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on 13 January and the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at the same venue on 17 March. "We've always had confidence in the filly, very happy with the result," co-trainer Matthew Pitman told NZ Racing Desk. Savvy Coup's dam Eudora is a full-sister to the stakes winners Legless Veuve and Tootsie, while the latter is the dam of the talented recent Gr2 Tauranga Stakes winner Ocean Emperor. Waikato Stud will offer a brother (Lot 190) to Savvy Coup at the Book 1 sale at Karaka next month.

Third Leg of NZB Filly Of the Year Series

Thursday, 14th December 2017

New Zealand Bloodstock's Filly of the Year Series continues on Saturday with the running of the third leg - the $70,000 Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) at Awapuni. The current table leader is the classy Karaka graduate Dijon Bleu (Burgundy). The Lisa Latta-trained filly won the first leg, the Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) before finishing runner-up to Hasahalo (Savabeel) in the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m). Dijon Bleu sits on 13 points, leading Hasahalo by 1. Other fillies with points to their name are The Lustre (Darci Brahma) with 3.5, Florence Jean (Pins) with 3 and Princess Rihanna (Showcasing) with 1.5. Of those, only Princess Rihanna will line up in Saturday's race. The Eulogy Stakes honour roll includes Filly of the Year title winners Insouciant (2007), Justa Tad (2004) and Savannah Success (1998). The 2017 Eulogy Stakes will be run as Race 7 with a start time of 4.13pm (local time). Click here to view runners' comments.

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Gr1 Performed Filly Back in Work

Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Classy Kiwi filly Dijon Bleu (Burgundy-Pristino, by More Than Ready) is back in work with trainer Lisa Latta after a short break following her gallant second to Hasahalo in the New Zealand 1,000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She is quite a highly-strung filly, one of those that's best doing a bit of work," Latta said. Dijon Bleu's Guineas run followed victories in the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1400m), Listed Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) and Listede O'Leary's Fillies' Classic (1200m). "She'll go to the Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni and then the Desert Gold Stakes," Latta said. Dijon Bleu also holds a nomination for the Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on 13 January.

Hasahalo Wins Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas

Monday, 20th November 2017

At Riccarton in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate-winning champion sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Hasahalo (Savabeel-Halloween, by Encosta de Lago) proved far too strong for her rivals when scoring a wide-margin win in the $300,000 Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Dijon Bleu & The Lustre. A $110,000 purchase by Go Racing at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Waikato Stud, Hasahalo improved her record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 ARC Eclipse Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Listed (R) Karaka Million) from 9 starts for NZ$411,000 in earnings. "There was a question mark about the mile today, but she got the job done well and found the line strongly," winning trainer Stephen McKee said. Hasahalo hails from the family of Gr1 Emirates Stakes winner Titanic Jack, Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner Sober Suit, Gr3-winning colt Addictive Nature, Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed Savvy Nature, and stakes winners La Lagune and Make Me A Miracle.

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Classic Glory Awaits Queen

Friday, 17th November 2017

Ruakaka trainer Kenny Rae is brimming with confidence about the chances of boom filly Prom Queen in tomorrow's Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton, reports NZ Racing Desk. Prom Queen is favourite for the 3YO fillies Classic off the back of two brilliant wins in the Gr3 Northland Breeders Stakes (1200m) and Gr3 John Grigg Stakes (1400m) at her past two outings. The daughter of former Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy has established herself as the best filly in New Zealand having won 8 of her 9 starts with her only loss being a narrow defeat back in March. Rae said Prom Queen's last-start win in the John Grigg Stakes showed she should have little problem with the step up to a mile. "What she did was mind-boggling. It was good to see her do it like that at 1400m…It's scary. What she's doing has been almost too good to be true," he said. "She seems fine. She's pretty relaxed in her work. She's hard to get a line on because she's pretty lazy in track work. She's like a kid's pony." He added: "I wouldn't say her track work is any better than it has been going into her other races, but it doesn't have to be either." Prom Queen is the dominant $1.60 favourite for the 1000 Guineas ahead of Dijon Bleu ($4.20) and Swing Note ($8).

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Filly Of The Year Series Heat Up With Guineas

Friday, 17th November 2017

The 2017-18 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series will hit fever pitch tomorrow with the running of its second leg – the $300,000 Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton. The first of two Group 1 events in the 10-race series, the 1000 Guineas carries 12 points for the winner, 7 for second and 3.5 for third. Seven of the last ten Filly of the Year Series winners have won the 1000 Guineas, namely Insouciant in 2007, Daffodil (2008), Katie Lee (2009), King's Rose (2010), Planet Rock (2011), Costa Viva (2013) and Platinum Witness (2014). The current series leader is the Lisa Latta-trained Dijon Bleu who collected 6 points for her victory in the first leg, the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings. The Guineas favourite is exciting Northland filly Prom Queen, who is making her first Filly of the Year Series start. Click here for comments on each NZ 1000 Guineas runner.

Dijon Bleu on Track for Guineas

Tuesday, 31st October 2017

New Zealand trainer Lisa Latta says Classic contender Dijon Bleu has come through her latest win with flying colours. The 3YO daughter of Cambridge Stud's beautifully bred stallion Burgundy won Saturday's Listed Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie and is now set to clash with boom filly Prom Queen in the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on 18 November. "She is still a work in progress and keeps getting better and better," Latta told New Zealand's Trackside Radio. "The plan is to head south. She's done everything right. She came home after the race and ate up. We now have three weeks until Riccarton." Latta said she doesn't envisage any problems with Dijon Bleu running out a strong eight furlongs. "I don't think the 1600 metres will worry her. She's been finding the line really well," she said. "As long as she settles in the running I'm confident she will see the 1600m right out."

Dijon Bleu Wins Listed Soliloquy Stakes

Monday, 30th October 2017

At Ellerslie 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) claimed her third consecutive stakes victory in the $50,000 Listed Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Kapoor & Campari. Dijon Bleu, who was purchased by her trainer Lisa Latta for $26,000 at the 2016 NZB Select Yearling Sale, improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes & Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes) and 1 placing from 7 starts for NZ$131,450 in earnings. Dijon Bleu is now set to clash with boom filly Prom Queen in the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on 18 November.

NZB Ready To Run Breeze Ups Day-1

Tuesday, 17th October 2017

A steady start set the tone of Day 1 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale Breeze Up’s with 199 two-year-olds breezing at Te Rapa Racecourse. The youngsters breezed up on a Dead 6 track with gusty south-westerlies throughout the day. Last year’s leading vendor by average, Lyndhurst Farm, presented six horses including a Fastnet Rock colt (Lot 49) who breezed in a time of 11.02 seconds. He was partnered by a Smart Missile gelding (Lot 80) who performed in a time of 10.78. Earlier in the day a duo of Shocking’s offspring, prepared by Landsdowne Park, breezed up smartly with a dead-heat time of 10.94 seconds for the colts (Lot 300 and Lot 421). Lot 300 is a half-brother to recent Gr3 Hawkes Bay Gold Trail Stakes winner Dijon Bleu. The fastest time of the day was recorded by Karaka Million nominated Lot 17, a Poet’s Voice colt prepared by Riversley Park in the respectable time of 10.53 seconds. Diamond Lodge presented the first of the Snitzels with a filly (Lot 87) clocking a time of 11.33 seconds. She was partnered with the white Reliable Man filly (Lot 182) who recorded 11.31 seconds. Champion NZ sire Savabeel was also represented today with Kilmore Farm’s Lot 200 breezing in at a time of 11.21 seconds. The colt breezed up with a son of Sizzling (Lot 310) who recorded a time of 11.35 seconds. Day 2 of the Breeze Up action will take place today at Te Rapa Racecourse from 10am. Click here to view Breeze Up times.

Journey Commences for Karaka Million Series

Monday, 16th October 2017

Meanwhile, the race to the richest meeting on the New Zealand calendar has begun with a number of talented youngsters vying for a start. 2018 is set to showcase the enhanced Series with the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic a new addition to the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO. The feature events will include a sensational support card of four Group races to be run at the Auckland Racing Club.

  • $1m Karaka Million 2YO (Click here to view the 2018 Karaka Million 2YO order of entry)This will be the 11th edition of the hotly contested 2YO purse on the eve of New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sale Series at Karaka. With the 2YO order of entry determined by prize money won, both Avantage (Fastnet Rock) and Masque (Savabeel) have made an early dash sitting equal on the leader board with earnings of $14,060.
  • $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Click here to view the 2018 Karaka Million 3YO order of entry): The 3YO order of entry for the inaugural running of the new $1m 3YO Classic is determined by NZTR ratings, and 2017 Karaka Million 2YO winner Melody Belle is sitting nicely at the top. With four wins in the 2016-17 season, the Commands filly backed up her Karaka Million 2YO win with a victory in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, followed by the Gr2 BRC Sires Produce Stakes for three consecutive wins. Sully is currently second on the leader board with a Rating of 80, and trained by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young. Timely updates were given to Dijon Bleu and Hard Merchandize when they respectively won the Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes on 23 September and Gr2 Sacred Falls Hawke's Bay Guineas on 7 October. They are now sitting third equal on a Rating of 77.

Smart Filly Earns Time Off

Thursday, 28th September 2017

Talented Kiwi filly Dijon Bleu has earned a week off following her early season stakes victories, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 3YO daughter of Cambridge Stud stallion Burgundy was a runaway winner of the Listed O'Leary's Fillies' Classic (1200m) at Wanganui on 14 September before another dominant display saw her land the Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders' Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings last Saturday. "She's quite a slight filly, but she's got a motor," trainer Lisa Latta said. "She's having a week in the paddock and then we might look at taking her to Ellerslie." Latta has in mind the Listed Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) on 28 October ahead of the Gr1 New Zealand 1,000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on 18 November.

Dijon Bleu Wins Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes

Monday, 25th September 2017

At Hastings in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's beautifully bred Gr3-winning stallion Burgundy (Redoute's Choice-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a Group success when 3YO brown filly Dijon Bleu (Burgundy-Pristino, by More Than Ready) proved far too strong for her rivals when scoring a comfortable win in the $70,000 Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Florence Jean & Princess Rihanna. Dijon Bleu, who was purchased by her trainer Lisa Latta for $26,000 at the 2016 NZB Select Yearling Sale, improved her record to 3 wins (including the Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes) and 1 placing from 6 starts for NZ$101,450 in earnings. Trainer Lisa Latta said Dijon Bleu is on a classic path towards the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on 18 November.

Dijon Bleu Wins Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes

Thursday, 14th September 2017

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 NZB 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.

Final Field For $1M Karaka Million

Thursday, 26th January 2017

A full field of 14 plus one emergency has been confirmed for the 10th Karaka Million, to be held at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie this Sunday (29 January). New Zealand's equal richest race, the Karaka Million (1200m) is held on the eve of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series commencing at Karaka and consists of graduates from Karaka 2016. The top qualifier is Gift of Power (Power), who impressively won all of her first three starts including the Gr2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes and Listed Wellesley Stakes. Purchased by Team Rogerson at the Premier Sale for $180,000 from Cambridge Stud, she has earned $107,400 from four starts and will be ridden by Craig Grylls. Hasahalo (Savabeel) handed Gift Of Power her first defeat in the Gr3 Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year's Day, coming from last with a late charge to win by a head. It boosted her earnings to $61,000 and propelling her to second on the order of entry. Trained by Stephen McKee, who won last year's Karaka Million with Xiong Feng, Hasahalo was bought by Go Racing at the Premier Sale for $110,000 from Curraghmore. Hasahalo will be ridden by Blake Shinn. For details about the remaining Karaka Million runners, click here. Sunday's six-race programme is scheduled to commence at 4.58pm with the first race of the Karaka Million Series, the $100,000 Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup running at 5.33pm as Race 2, followed by the Listed (R) $100,000 NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile at 6.07pm as Race 3 and the Listed (R) $1 million Karaka Million race at 7.16pm as Race 5.

The Karaka Million field is:

1. Star Treasure (Stephen McKee) 56.5kg (7)

2. Padraig (Brendon Hawtin) 56.5kg (12)

3. Felton Road (Tony Pike) 56.5kg (1)

4. Ameridon (Liam Birchley) 56.5kg (13)

5. Oscar Eight (Nigel Tiley) 56.5kg (15)

6. Waldorf (Andrew Campbell) 56.5kg (5)

7. Gift Of Power (Graeme & Debbie Rogerson) 54.5kg (2)

8. Hasahalo (Stephen McKee) 54.5kg (10)

9. Princess Rihanna (Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott) 54.5kg (4)

10. Dijon Bleu (Lisa Latta) 54.5kg (9)

11. Melody Belle (Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards) 54.5kg (3)

12. Global Thinking (Shaune Ritchie) 54.5kg (8)

13. Te Amo (Peter Robl) 54.5kg (11)

14. Sophie's Choice (Stephen Marsh) 54.5kg (14)

15. Iffragal (Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards) 54.5kg (6)

2016

Dijon Bleu Stakes Karaka Million Claim

Wednesday, 21st December 2016

It took just one start for Dijon Bleu (Burgundy) to race her way into contention for next month's $1 million Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie. Purchased for $26,000 by Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta at the 2016 NZB Select Sale, Dijon Bleu made her debut in Sunday's $20,000 Mills Reef Winery 2YO (1100m) at her home track. Ridden by Kelly McCulloch, she edged out her stakes-performed stable-mate Dreams of Platinum (Dream Ahead) by a nose. Dijon Bleu earned $12,500 for Sunday's win, putting her in equal eighth position on the Karaka Million Order of Entry. Dual stakes winner Gift of Power (Power) maintains a clear lead on the Order of Entry with $96,875 in prize money. The upcoming Ellerslie Christmas Carnival will provide several opportunities for two-year-olds to race their way into Karaka Million contention. Boxing Day features an 1100-metre race worth $50,000, then a maiden two-year-old race worth $10,000 will be held on December 29. The New Year's Day meeting features the $70,000 Gr3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m). Click here to view the latest order of entry.