Good day for Pike stable

Blue Lagoon (Vinnie Colgan) being chased hard on the outside by third-placed Dynamite Lucy at Trentham yesterday.

Blue Lagoon (Vinnie Colgan) being chased hard on the outside by third-placed Dynamite Lucy at Trentham yesterday.

Blue Lagoon capped off a successful day for Cambridge trainer Tony Pike when becoming the third winner for his stable yesterday.

Pike was at Ellerslie where he watched Felton Road continue his unbeaten record in the juvenile event to seal his spot in the Karaka Million and Group One winner Sacred Elixir hit out well in an exhibition gallop, while down at Trentham it was his father, Wayne, who was in the winner’s circle with a couple of winners for the stable.

The Pike stable hit with a quinella in the Stephen Dallas Memorial Premier when Sabotage unwound strongly to beat Charchar, then two races later Blue Lagoon was part of another Cambridge quinella when narrowly beating the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Craftyeva in the El Cheapo Cars Premier.

Blue Lagoon’s win was even more of a thrill for Wayne Pike as he and his wife, Vicki, also bred and race the four-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman and the Grosvenor mare Bittersweet, a one-race winner at Tauranga.

Blue Lagoon broke through for her first win in her third start, over 1600 metres at Pukekohe last May after splitting Likewise and Craftyeva when second at Tauranga a month earlier.

In her second run this season, and her first outing for almost three months, she finished strongly into third over 1400 metres at Awapuni last month then ran on late over the same distance at Rotorua.

“She has been storming home after being five lengths off the winners,” said Wayne Pike. “She’s a real stayer of the future.”

Yesterday was the first opportunity for Blue Lagoon to show her staying ability when being stepped up to 2100 metres and the way she rounded off the race suggested she will work through the grades as a stayer.

Ridden by Vinnie Colgan, Blue Lagoon was handy in the early rush before settling sixth on the outer and that’s where she stayed for most of the race. Colgan wound her up in the home straight and she dived at the leaders late to win by a head from Craftyeva with Dynamite Lucy a nose away in third placing.

Sabotage scoring a strong win at Trentham yesterday with stablemate Charchar obscured on the inside and Margarita Mover finishing well down the outside for third.

Sabotage scoring a strong win at Trentham yesterday with stablemate Charchar obscured on the inside and Margarita Mover finishing well down the outside for third.

Colgan was also aboard Sabotage and there was much to like about the winning performance of the Savabeel four-year-old.

Sabotage settled sixth and was angled out by Colgan heading over the crossing at the top of the home straight. Like Blue Lagoon, he was doing his best work late, getting up on the line to beat stablemate Charchar by a short head with the Riccarton visitor Margarita Mover a short neck away in third placing.

Sabotage ran the 1200 metres in a swift 1:8.57 and the final 600 in 32.8, the third fastest time registered on the day. It was bettered only by Akoya when she ran her final 600 of her 1000-metre assignment in 32.51 and by Margarita Mover (32.66).

By comparison, Hall Of Fame took 34.29 for the last 600 when winning the Gr.1 Randwick Meats Levin Classic and Seize The Moment 34.64 in his Anniversary Handicap win.

Sabotage has now won three of his 15 starts with Colgan being the successful rider each time. Two of the wins have come within his last three starts.

He notched his second win when beating Saffron Lady over 1200 in a Dunstan Feeds Rising Stars Championship Qualifier at Ellerslie on December 7 and followed up with a strong-finishing second behind Platinum Express at Hastings on New Year’s Day. Yesterday he turned the tables of Platinum Express, who finished sixth.

There was also plenty of merit in the performance of Charchar, who had the race won until the shadows of the winning post. She had enjoyed the trail before going up to challenge the leader Platinum Express and leading with 200 metres to run.