The connections of New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Dijon Bleu have yet to decide whether she will race again.
The multiple stakes winner is currently side-lined by a tendon strain that cut short her preparation for the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).
After an outstanding spring and summer campaign, Dijon Bleu had built up a commanding lead in the race for the fillies’ title and could only have been denied the crown had the Trentham classic runner-up Contessa Vanessa gone one better on Saturday.
“We’re very, very proud of her,” Dijon Bleu’s part-owner and trainer Lisa Latta said.
“We’re looking at all the options, she’s worth a lot of money as a breeding proposition and she hasn’t got anything left to prove.”
A daughter of Burgundy, Dijon Bleu has won six of her 11 starts including the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m), the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1400m) and the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m). She also finished second in the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
Meanwhile, plans for stablemate Five To Midnight to run in the A$2 million Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 14 have been confirmed.
The well-performed stayer has been freshened since his close second in the Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m).
“He had a week in the paddock and came back into the stable this morning,” Latta said.
“We just have to decide if he needs a run before he goes to Sydney and, if he does, that would be in the Awapuni Gold Cup.”