(By John Jenkins)
Mark down Loire as a three-year-old to follow next season after the daughter of Redoute’s Choice produced an outstanding winning performance in the maiden two-year-old event at Hastings today.
The Tony Pike-trained filly came from second last on the home bend to score a runaway 1-3/4 length victory in the 1300m event, with the winning margin flattering her rivals.
“She is a pretty smart filly alright,” winning jockey Michael McNab said.
“They wanted me to ride her a bit handier but she settled well at the back and it was just a matter of getting a run in the straight.
“Once she got the split she was off and she just sprinted for about 50 metres and it was all over.”
Loire is a half-sister to Group 1 winner A Touch Of Ruby and had finished seventh on debut behind Avadane at Matamata on May 8. But showed she has real potential when successful at second time of asking today.
“We thought she’d get away a bit cleaner and we’d ride her positively, but Michael didn’t panic, he elected to stay inside, and she bulldozed her way through,” Pike’s racing manager Dean Williams said.
“She is pretty classy.
“She is well-bred, and she has got the looks to match and now she is showing she has got the ability.”
Loire was bred by Trelawney Stud and is raced by principals Brent and Cherry Taylor in conjunction with their friend Kate Plaw of Takapoto Farm in Karapiro.
Pike’s good run continued when Sacred Judgment took out the final event at Hastings today, the Fruitfed Supplies (1300m). The So You Think gelding, who had placed fourth in the Group 3 Wellington Stakes (1600m) at Otaki at his last start in November last year, led throughout and held on to beat Aero De Paris by half a head.