Four-Length Debut by Bordeaux


22 October 2013

The Pencarrow Stud-bred and owned Bordeaux (Sir Percy) streaked to an emphatic four-length debut victory in a S$65,000 Maiden over 1000m on Friday night in Singapore.

The three-year-old gelding is trained by expat kiwi Laurie Laxon, who has a strong connection with Pencarrow Stud as the trainer of the brilliant racemare Romanee Conti, a stalwart on the track and the breeding barn for the Stud.

The son of Sir Percy trailed the leader for the early part of the race under South African jockey Barend Vorster. In the run down the home straight Bordeaux showed a strong turn of foot over the 1000m sprint to pick up the leader and clear away from the field for a comfortable four-length victory in a time of 58.40 seconds.

It was a particularly good effort by Bordeaux as his breeding suggests he will be aided by further distance. His sire, Sir Percy (Mark of Esteem), was a top-class stayer in Europe with his career highlighted by victory in the English Derby.

Bordeaux’s dam is the unraced Almaviva (Catbird), a daughter of the dual Group 1 Oaks placegetter Pavan (Centaine). Almaviva has now had three horses to race, all winners, including the talented four-time winner Atacama (Pentire) that is raced by Pencarrow Stud in New Zealand.

Almaviva has produced a colt this year by leading sire Savabeel and is to be served by first season sire Reliable Man this season.

The night also provided a second placing for another Pencarrow Stud-bred horse with Serpico (Henrythenavigator x Romanee St. Vivant) becoming the bridesmaid for the second straight start running over 1400m for Michael Freedman. The three-year-old has had three starts for two placings and a win looks close for the 2012 Karaka Premier Sale who was purchased by his trainer Michael Freedman for $175,000.