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Bordeaux rearing to go

NZ HARNESS NEWS

Bordeaux’s season began so promisingly only to go off the rails but Philip Iggo has him back on track for important features in the latter part of the season.

The flashy chestnut would have started the favourite for the Dominion after impressive wins in his first two races in the spring, but for drawing the second line, and that ultimately cost him in the big two-miler at the Cup meeting.

Iggo then headed to Auckland with high hopes for a first Group 1 success in the National Trot, but Bordeaux was heading home before the race was run.

“He injured a leg up there and in the end we had to treat it and that prevented him from racing in the National,” said Iggo.

“We tried to patch him up for the Flying Mile at Cambridge, but that wasn’t a smart move and we shouldn’t have gone there at all.”

Bordeaux has made a habit of injuring himself in his stall over the years simply by getting to his feet after a sleep or roll.

“I’m not exactly sure what he does but a few times now he’s knocked the inside of the near cannon bone.

“It’s a strange one because you can put him in a stall at night when he’s fine and then you go to get him in the morning and he’s hurt himself.

“He did it on the eve of leaving for Auckland and then he did it again while he was up there.”

Bordeaux raced twice up north and uncharacteristically broke in the running on both occasions, but the injury only caused a gallop on the second occasion at Cambridge.

“In the Lyell Creek he was travelling strongly on the home turn, but Luk Chin’s horse (Djokovic) tired quicker than anticipated and Dexter (Dunn) had to pull back so hard he became unbalanced.”

Worse was to come and Bordeaux would also miss a tilt at the Great Southern Star.

“I don’t think we’ll worry about that race again with the Inter Dominions returning next season now.

“As we saw this year it can get extremely hot in Melbourne in January and February and it’s a long way to go for one race which is also a mobile, when Bordeaux’s strength lies in beginning quickly from the stands.”

The Inter-Dominions are being staged in Victoria next season between the New Zealand and Auckland Cup meetings and Iggo is hoping the trotting championship is a handicap affair.

Bordeaux recovered quickly from his injury after getting home and has had two workouts to fit him for a resumption in the FFA trot at the Cheviot meeting at Addington on Sunday.

Last Saturday, Iggo drove Bordeaux to a four-length win over Idle Monkey at Motukarara and said he felt good.

“I had to nurse him around the tight turns there but he sprinted really sharply in the run home.

“While he’s drawn the outside in a 1950m mobile and sprints aren’t really his go, it’s not a big field and it’s not overly strong so I would expect his class would make him rather hard to beat.

“We were looking at the Southern Lights next weekend but they’ve changed the back mark from 30m to 40m, which could flatten a horse coming off a freshen-up.

“So we had to look around for something else and this weekend’s race is looking a lot more palatable.”

Iggo will then look to a discretionary handicap trot at Addington on March 23 a fortnight out from the G1 NZ Trotting Championship and then Bordeaux will be off to Auckland again for another crack at the ANZAC and Rowe Cups.

He was third in the latter last season after a messy start resulted in a slow start and a tough run for Bordeaux, before he was gunned down late by Temporale and Habibity Ivy in the passing lanes.

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