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.
At Awapuni in New Zealand, NZ-based Berkley Stud's Gr2-winning stallion Highly Recommended (Fastnet Rock-Suggestive, by Al Hareb) sired his first stakes winner when 2YO black gelding Waldorf (Highly Recommended-Skite, by Pins) posted a comfortable win in the $50,000 Listed Ryder Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Nuclear Fusion (Power) & Style By Design (Iffraaj). A $30,000 purchase by his trainer Andrew Campbell at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, Waldorf improved his record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed Wellesley Stakes) from 7 starts for NZ$57,325 in earnings. Continued improvement from Waldorf could see the good looking colt make an appearance in Melbourne during the spring, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He'll get a mile later on and he will be nominated for the Caulfield Guineas, although it's early days yet," Campbell said. "He'll probably go to the Wanganui Guineas and we'll make a call from there." Highly Recommended first-crop winners also includes the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes placegetter Joyfilly.