Secret Allure (Rosie Myers) scores an easy win in the Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes.
As one door closes for Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta and a syndicate of owners, two-year-old filly Secret Allure opened another at Riccarton this afternoon with a stellar performance in the Listed Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes.
In early 2016, Latta went to Karaka and paid $26,000 to buy a yearling filly by Burgundy. She took a share of the ownership along with her logistics manager Andrew Rennie, plus co-owners Kevin Dixon, Peter Finlayson, Debra Masters, Milton Passey and Trevor Tomlins.
Named Dijon Bleu, that filly won six of her 11 starts including five at black-type level. She earned more than $300,000 in prize-money and claimed the title of New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year for this season, despite injury ruling her out of the Gr. 1 New Zealand Oaks.
With Dijon Bleu entered for the Magic Millions Gold Coast Broodmare Sale at the end of this month, the syndicate’s attention has turned to younger stablemate Secret Allure – bought for $36,000 at Karaka in 2017.
The Zacinto filly had already shown promise with a win, a second and a close fourth in the first three starts of her career, but she took a big step forward in this afternoon’s $50,000 juvenile feature.
Secret Allure broke only fairly from her inside gate, but rider Rosie Myers was able to scoot forward and sit just behind the leaders as the field crossed from the 1200-metre chute on to the course proper.
A gap opened near the rail at the top of the home straight and Secret Allure burst through it to take the lead. Fellow North Island raider Peaceful provided the stiffest resistance, but Secret Allure held her at bay comfortably by a length and a quarter.
The best of the South Island runners was the 70-to-one outsider Pick Me Up In Rio, who made up good ground late to finish third – five and a half lengths behind the first pair.
Secret Allure is now the winner of two of her four starts and more than $50,000 in prize-money, and first-time rider Myers believes there is plenty more to come.
“She felt great,” she said. “Once she got that split by the rail, she gave me a really good turn of foot. She probably even got there a bit too easily and just eased up a bit.
“I think she’ll run further than this later on. She’s pretty tractable and will do what you ask her to do. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to ride her today.”
Fillies finished first, second and third in today’s running of the Champagne Stakes – a race that hasn’t been won by a male two-year-old since 2013. Secret Allure’s victory in this year’s edition was preceded by Prom Queen, Zigwig, Peach Cove and Elusive Catch.