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.
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.