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Loire wins Rotorua trial

Group One winner Loire. - Photo: Trish Dunell
Group One winner Loire.

Photo: Trish Dunell

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is looking forward to autumn racing with Loire after her pleasing trial at Rotorua on Tuesday.

Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner Loire showed a good turn of foot when coming from the back of the field to take out her 1000m heat by three-quarters of a length.

“I was really pleased with her trial today,” Pike said. “She’s a Group One filly you expect to trial well.

“She came home nicely off the slow speed and did it nicely. Hopefully she is in for a good autumn preparation.”

Group One targets beckon the daughter of Redoute’s Choice and she will likely begin her preparation in the Lisa Chittick Plate (1400m) at Matamata later this month.

“At this stage we will kick her off in the fillies and mares 1400m at Matamata on Breeders’ Stakes Day and the long-term target, if she comes up well, will be the Te Aroha Breeders’ Stakes (Gr.1, 1600m),” Pike said. -NZ Racing Desk