Queensland beckons Sancerre again

Sancerre cruising home in the hands of Leith Innes at Te Rapa today. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Sancerre cruising home in the hands of Leith Innes at Te Rapa today. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

 

Sancerre displayed her readiness for another Queensland campaign when she recaptured her best form at Te Rapa today.

The O’Reilly daughter of the 2004 Gr. 1 Queensland Oaks winner Vouvray had been off the winner’s list since picking up a double in Queensland 12 months ago and trainer Tony Pike was thrilled to see her gained a well-overdue win in the Brighthill Farm 1200.

“She deserved that as she hasn’t had a lot of luck lately,” said Pike. “She’s got plenty of talent and now she is showing good form over the shorter trips there are a number of options for her during in Brisbane.

“We’ll see how she comes through this run and, all going well, she will be on the plane that leaves in a couple of weeks.”

Sancerre had picked up a win and a second from three starts before she headed to Queensland last winter and she struck immediately in Australia, winning over 1600 metres at Caloundra, then followed up with a decisive win when stepped up to 2200 metres at Ipswich.

Sancerre’s only other Queensland run was in the Queensland Oaks, in which she finished among the tailenders.

Following a good spell, she resumed with a second behind her highly rated stablemate Allez Eagle over 1200 metres at Ellerslie last December, then chased home Close Up over 1400 on the same track on Boxing Day.

A third behind Don’t Gloat at Te Rapa on February 14 was her best placing in her three latest lead-up runs to today’s race, though she copped a rocky run last start when sixth at Ellerslie.

In the hands of Leith Innes, she gave her rivals a galloping lesson today, bouncing straight to the front and being in control throughout. She got home by two lengths from Alleyoop with the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Elusive Gold fighting on for third. “