So far, so good is the motto for trainer Jason Bridgman in the lead-up to Burgundy’s assault on the G1 Railway Hcp (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
“Everything is spot on with him at present,” said Bridgman. “He is very well, his work has been up to the mark, we have the right weight and we’ve drawn a barrier as well.
“This is his best chance at the race as he is really looking for further but at this stage of his campaign it suits and while they don’t give Group 1 races away, I think he does have a good chance.”
With pre-post favourite Mosse unlikely to get a run in the race from second on the ballot, Burgundy should start the public-elect in what is a very even line-up. Hardest for him to beat will be The Hombre and Kitt Ann Miss who were the first two home in Boxing Day’s Newmarket Hcp.
Classy mare Fleur De Lune also has winning prospects along with the ever-consistent Demophon and top-weight Durham Town who has won six races from just nine starts on the Ellerslie track.
Burgundy (4h Redoute’s Choice – Grand Echezeaux by Zabeel) blew his first chance to win a Group 1 in last year’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas. He started a short-priced favourite in the Riccarton classic but pulled up with the thumps.
A regally bred colt, he was bred by Peter and Philip Vela and cost $1.30 million from their Pencarrow Stud draft at NZ Bloodstock’s 2010 Karaka Premier Sale. He is a three-quarter-brother to Darci Brahma and a Group 1 will boost the asking price when Te Akau Syndicate manager David Ellis retires him to stud.