Classic clash in store at Riccarton
Dijon Bleu has risen to every challenge this season and her latest success at Ellerslie sets up an intriguing meeting next month with another filly on a winning roll.
The Lisa Latta-trained daughter of Burgundy completed a black type hat-trick when she claimed the Listed Partners Life Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) to go with previous wins in the Listed O’Leary’s Fillies’ Classic (1200m) and the Gr.3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m).
|Dijon Bleu Photo: Trish Dunell Photography|
Dijon Bleu will now head south to Riccarton for the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas where she will clash with the flying Prom Queen.
“It’s great for racing to have two fillies who haven’t met – we’re looking forward to it,” Latta stable representative Andy Rennie said.
Ridden by Leith Innes, Dijon Bleu settled toward the rear of the field after being squeezed back by other runners at the start, but when the field fanned out on straightening she speared through to hit the front 150m from home.
She didn’t help her cause by then veering out, which cut her winning margin over Kapoor to a neck with Campari third.
“She just keeps stepping up,” Rennie said. “She showed real fight, all the signs are positive.”
She is now the second favourite at $4 for the Guineas with Prom Queen heading the market for the Riccarton feature at $2.50.
Dijon Bleu completed a black type double for Latta after stablemate Sir Nate had earlier won the Listed Anuka Smoker Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham. – NZ Racing Desk.