(By John Jenkins)

The Listed $50,000 HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas (1340m) on September 7 will be an early new season mission for promising two-year-old Lord Bouzeron, who scored a game debut win in the $22,500 open two-year-old race at Awapuni today.

The Burgundy gelding went head to head with another first starter, Kellys Inspiration, for most of the Awapuni home straight and proved too tough in the very testing heavy-11 track conditions, getting the decision by a short head.

Lord Bouzeron is trained at Foxton by Chrissy Bambry and, although it was his first race start, he had the experience of four barrier trials and had won the last two of them, both over 1000m on heavy ground at Foxton.

“He is really tough and reminds me a lot of Lord Turbo,” a delighted Bambry said after the win.

“I’d like to run him in the Wanganui Guineas because that’s my favourite race. He could have one more run and then head there.”

Bambry part-owned Lord Turbo who won three races in a row including the 2013 Wanganui Guineas (1340m), when trained by her father Tony. That horse then went on to finish fourth in both the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) and Group 2 Wellington Guineas (1500m) before being sold to Hong Kong, where he won a further four times and ended his career with more than $944,000 in stake earnings.

Lord Bouzeron is by Burgundy out of the unraced Pentire mare Threepence and was a $35,000 purchase from the 2018 Karaka yearling sales.

Apprentice jockey Holly Andrew was having her first ride on Lord Bouzeron today and described him as “a really nice horse with a big future.”

“I felt he was starting to look around in the straight so that other horse coming up outside him probably helped in the finish,” she said.