Talented four-year-old mare Sancerre (NZ) (O’Reilly) bounced back to winning form when she produced a dominant front running performance to down a handy rating 85 line-up in the Brighthill Farm 1200 at Te Rapa on Saturday.
The Tony Pike trained daughter of O’Reilly showed her appreciation of the firmer track conditions on offer as she bounced straight to the front from an inside barrier to control the tempo of the race throughout.
Pike was pleased to see the mare find the winners circle again after finding trouble in her last few runs.Rider Leith Innes shot her clear of her rivals early in the run home and despite having done plenty of work early in the race she kept up a strong gallop to the line to score in a smart 1m 10.4s for the 1200 metre journey. Alleyoop (NZ) (Thorn Park) ran on strongly from well back to claim second from Elusive Gold (NZ) (Elusive City) who battled on nicely for third after being handy to the speed for most of the contest.
“She deserved that as she hasn’t had a ton of luck of late,” he said.
“I didn’t give Leith any instructions however I did think with the speed in the race he might be able to get a good sit on the pace. As it turned out he took luck out of the equation and she did it nicely in a pretty good time as well.”
It was the mare’s fourth career victory, two of which were achieved in Queensland last winter, which is where Pike is thinking she may head later in the month.
“She’s got plenty of talent and now she is showing good form over the shorter trips there are a number of options for her during that extended Brisbane carnival,” he said.
“There’s not a lot left for her here as the tracks start to get wet so we will see how she comes through this run and all going well she will be on the plane that leaves in a couple of weeks.” – NZ Racing Desk