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.

Gift of Power Wins Listed Wellesley Stakes

Monday, 24th October 2016

At Trentham in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's dual Gr1-winning shuttler Power (Oasis Dream-Frappe, by Inchinor) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Gift Of Power (Power-Capital Diamond, by Lucky Unicorn) scored by a long neck for trainers Graeme & Debbie Rogerson in the NZ$50,000 Listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, over 2YO gelding Waldorf (Highly Recommended-Skite, by Pins) & fellow 2YO filly Dreams Of Platinum (Dream Ahead-Hussidora, by Hussonet). Gift Of Power, who was purchased by Team Rogerson for $180,000 at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Cambridge Stud, extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for NZ$34,375 earnings.