Group One-winning filly Loire will be looking to add further black-type to her record when she lines-up in the Gr.3 New Zealand Bloodstock Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.
The three-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice was victorious in the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) in November and trainer Tony Pike was impressed with her resuming 1200m trial victory at Cambridge on January 6.
“You can’t fault her trial at Cambridge last week, it was superb,” he said. “Not many make up that much ground in the last furlong on the bridle at Cambridge.
“I couldn’t fault her work this week, she is in great shape and I am looking forward to getting her back to the races.
“It should be a very good race. Jennifer Eccles won very well at Ellerslie and it’s a nice group of three-year-old fillies this year.
“I think we are going to be better further up in trip as well, so as long as she is hitting the line strongly on Saturday I am looking forward to an Oaks path with her.”
Trelawney Stud will offer a half-brother by Tivaci to Loire at the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock Sale as Lot 336. Click here to see pedigree.