Segun leaving options open

A tilt at the Group I NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha next month is still a slight possibility for promising Cambridge mare Arcenciel.

Trainer Yves Seguin will start Arcenciel in the $40,000 MCL Stuccorite Bay of Plenty Cup at Tauranga tomorrow, but will be watching the weather reports closely leading up to Te Aroha’s major fillies and mares event.

“If the weather is bad before Te Aroha and the track looks like it could be wet I might drop her back to 1600 and run her in the Breeders Stakes,” said Seguin. “At this stage she’ll run at Te Aroha either way. If not in the Breeders, she can run over ground in the $40,000 2200-metre race. ”

Though she is better-suited to a middle-distance, Arcenciel did win over 1600 metres fresh-up in Queensland last year and she did so by five lengths. She then had no joy in three more Queensland starts, though she wasn’t far away when seventh in the Caloundra Cup on the Sunshine Coast.

Arcenciel has come back well this campaign, according to Segun. She won well over 2200 metres at Pukekohe, then was thrown into Group One company at weight-for-age in the Darci Brahma International Stakes and wasn’t suited by the conditions of the event.

Back to handicap racing last start at Ellerslie, Arcenciel fought on well for second behind Templeten. Segun is keen to take Arcenciel back to the Queensland Winter Carnival this year if her form warrants it.

Meantime he is expecting a bold performance tomorrow. “She’s very well and I give her a good chance,” said the Frenchman.