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Dijon Bleu (NZ) Stakes Karaka Million Claim

Published: Tue 20 Dec 2016 01:51 PM
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Dijon Bleu (NZ) Stakes Karaka Million Claim
It took just one start for Dijon Bleu (NZ) (Burgundy) to race her way into contention for next month’s $1m Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie.
Purchased for $26,000 by Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta at the 2016 Select Sale, Dijon Bleu made her debut in Sunday’s$20,000 Mills Reef Winery 2YO (1100m) at her home track. Ridden by Kelly McCulloch, she edged out her stakes-performed stablemate Dreams of Platinum (Dream Ahead) by a nose.
Dijon Bleu earned $12,500 for Sunday’swin, putting her in equal eighth position on the Karaka Million Order of Entry.
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Half-Brother to Jacksstar at Karaka 2017
High-class stayer Jacksstar (NZ) (Zed) took his career to new heights with a win in Sunday’s $100,000 Group 3 Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup (2300m) at Awapuni, and a half-brother to the five-year-old will go through the ring at Karaka 2017.
Jacksstar had already won five races before Sunday including the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m), but Sunday’sdefeat of a high-quality field at his home track of Awapuni was a new career highlight.
A half-sibling to Jacksstar, Lot 426 a colt by Per Incanto out of Star Guest, will be offered by Little Avondale Stud at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka.
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