Burgundy remains perfect after Nucleonic scores at NP

26 Dec 2016

Burgundy's phenomenal start to his stud career continued with debutante Nucleonic keeping his sire's perfect record in tact with a brilliant win at New Plymouth on Wednesday.

The Metro Direct Inspiration In Glass 2yo was just the third race to feature a Burgundy-sired runner and Nucleonic made all the running to win by 1 3/4 lengths under jockey Michael McNab in a display that had her supporters breathing easy throughout.

"She's not very big, but she is very strong," said Jamie Richards, who trains Nucleonic with Stephen Autridge.

"Hopefully, she'll be a Matamata Breeders' Stakes type of filly."

The two-year-old race was a memorable one for Cambridge Stud, whose first-season sires Burgundy and Power provided the quinella.

The runner-up was another debutante - the Sir Patrick and Justine, Lady Hogan-bred Mighty Power, a son of Power, whose brother (Lot 1032) will be offered at Karaka next year.

Mighty Power fetched $30,000 at Karaka earlier this year, knocked down to Stuart Hale from the draft of Cambridge Stud.

Nucleonic was bred by David Ellis and Greg Tomlinson, with both men sharing in the racing ownership along with Westonlea Bloodstock.

Ellis, who bought and syndicated Burgundy as a yearling, regards the stallion as the fastest horse that has gone through his stable.

Burgundy's previous two runners were Hard Merchandize, a winner at Otaki last month, and Dijon Bleu, who scored on debut at Awapuni earlier this month.

Dijon Bleu will on Sunday attempt to become Burgundy's first stakes winner when she tackles the Gr.3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie.

Burgundy, a three-quarter brother by Redoute's Choice to five-time Group One winner Darci Brahma, won seven races from 1200m to 1600m, including the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders' Stakes and finished third in the Gr.1 Telegraph Handicap.

Standing at Cambridge Stud in 2016 for $5000 plus GST and with a live foal guarantee, Burgundy will be represented by several yearlings at Karaka next month.