Matamata-trained filly Puysegur living up to his family reputation when she scored nicely on debut at Riccarton today.
Ridden by Jason Laking (pictured)
and trained by Jamie Richards, Puysegur started from barrier five in the $22,500 2YO 800 metres event.
A three-quarter sister to Champion Two-Year-Old and stable-mate Avantage (Fastnet Rock), her dam, Pins ‘N’ Needles (Pins), won six races to a mile, and has left three individual winners of 10 races, including stakes’ winning, Group One placed, Asavant (Zabeel), the dam of Avantage, and Group One winner D B Pin (Darci Brahma) in Hong Kong.
Although without a trial, Puysegur had prepared well for the assignment.
Meanwhile, stablemate Our Flying Ace made it two wins from two starts when successful in the Inglewood Stud Guineas Trial (1400m) by a neck from Fire Show, with Emily Margaret a length away in third in what was a sedately run race.
“I think he’s an improving horse and he will come on again for that win,” trainer Jamie Richards said.
“He’s probably a horse that’s going to be better when ridden a bit further back, and chasing them, but from the wide gate today we wanted to take bad luck out of the equation and push forward. He kept up a good gallop and can only improve for the experience.”
Richards said Our Flying Ace would have one more run before contesting the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) on November 10.
“He will either go to the Barneswood Farm at Ashburton, or the Zacinto back here at Riccarton.”