Burgundy All Class in Debut Black-Type Win


25 October 2011

The unbeaten blue-blood colt Burgundy has raced his way to favouritism in the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas after an easy win in the Listed Ekraar at Linwood Park Canterbury Stakes (1600m) on Sunday.
Coming into the race off the back of two very good wins at Taupo, Burgundy (NZ) (Redoute's Choice x Grand Echezeaux) flew out of the gates in his black-type debut and led the field into the Riccarton straight where he kicked away at the 150 metre mark to put the contest beyond question, winning by one-and-three-quarter-lengths easing down.
Trainer Jason Bridgman could not have spoken more highly of the colt after his first black-type win, declaring that he will improve once he strikes better footing, with the track rated a dead 6 for the meeting.
Burgundy was offered at generous odds when the TAB opened the futures market for the 2000 Guineas and every win has seen his price slashed, with Sunday’s performance seeing his odds fall again to an even $3 favourite.
A three-quarter brother to the five-time Group 1 winner and promising young sire Darci Brahma, Burgundy will now try to follow in his hoof prints as he heads to the Guineas, a race Darci Brahma won in 2005.
Bred by Peter and Philip Vela, Burgundy was a $1.3 million purchase by David Ellis from Pencarrow Stud at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2010 Karaka Premier Sale.
His Group 1 winning dam Grand Echezeaux has seen four colts sold through the Karaka ring for an average price of over $1.2 million. She was served by Encosta de Lago last season.