Redoute’s Choice colt Burgundy scored a brave victory after being caught wide in the LR Mr Tiz Trophy (1200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
The blueblood colt forged ahead in the straight to win by a short neck from St Yazin (Keeper) with Antonio Lombardo (Pins) more than two lengths away in third place. “He’s just so brilliant and naturally fast, you don’t want to fight that sort of talent,” trainer Jason Bridgman said. “I think he’s got the makings of a top class sprinter-miler and that will be his focus from here on.”
Burgundy (3c Redoute’s Choice – Grand Echezeaux by Zabeel) is a three-quarter-brother to Darci Brahma and was a $1.30 million purchase from Pencarrow Stud at the 2010 NZ Bloodstock yearling sale.
A winner of his first three starts in the spring, Burgundy pulled up with the thumps in the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas and followed up with placings in the G2 Great Northern Guineas and G3 Wellington Stakes. “We never doubted his ability,” Bridgman added. “But we were obliged to try him in those 1600m races.”
Burgundy is raced by David Ellis and the Te Akau 2010 Breeding Syndicate which includes outgoing Ellerslie CEO Chris Weaver. Ellis also raced Darci Brahma to a NZ 2000 Guineas victory in 2005 and is now one of New Zealand’s most promising standing at The Oaks Stud .
Burgundy is one of Redoute’s Choice’s 11 stakes winners worldwide this season. The Arrowfield champion has a stellar draft of 43 yearlings on offer at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, including 3 colts and 3 fillies from his home base.