One direction for Ujjayyi

Ujjayyi (Danielle Johnson) pictured in her impressive debut win at Te Aroha.

Ujjayyi (Danielle Johnson) pictured in her impressive debut win at Te Aroha.

Tony Pike already knows which path he’ll be taking with his smart, but inexperienced filly Ujjayyi next season.

“The issue with her is going left-handed so she probably won’t run in the early fillies’ races and we’ll wait for a little bit later on when they get back to Ellerslie,” said the Cambridge trainer.

Pike produced Ujjayyi for an impressive debut win at Te Aroha before she ran off on the turn in the Gr.2 J. Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.

The daughter of Iffraaj then finished a close sixth in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes back right-handed at Ellerslie before she was turned out.

“She would probably have run in the money there if she wasn’t taken on in front,” said Pike.

— NZ Racing Desk