Enchantee Wins Roxburgh Cup
It was a case of getting away and going straight to the front for Prebbleton mare Enchantee and driver Blair Orange in today’s Peters Genetics Roxburgh Cup.
“She’s a great stand start horse. When she hits the ground there’s not many can beat her over the first 100 metres,” said trainer Nick Le Lievre.
The task was made easier when second favourite Spirit Of St Louis broke at the start and took no part in the days feature.
“We thought we might end up in front and then perhaps hand to one of the good horses because she’s so much better coming from behind. She just doesn’t like being niggled at if horses come up and have a look at her.”
Orange kept up a steady pace with the Bettor’s Delight mare and when fourth favourite Robyns Playboy which had sat parked for most of the last lap, began to give ground Orange must have been confident of winning.
“She’s a very good staying mare and the faster they go the better. Blair probably went as quiet as he could as she doesn’t like being in front. We got away with a relatively cheap lead but she was still good enough to do it.”
Nota Bene Denario was a length and a quarter back in second and Triroyale Brigade ran another honest race finishing third.
The winning time was 3-27.1 with the last 800 metres run in 57.7. The race and track record of 3-22.9 is held by Comply Or Die.
Enchantee and Blair Orange winning the 2020 Roxburgh Cup – Photo Wayne Huddleston – Wild Range Photography.
Today’s win was Enchantee’s seventh. She was good enough to run third in last season’s New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Stakes won by Dream About Me.
“That was my first Group One race. It was a massive thrill for both of us.”
It’s not the first time Orange has won on the mare. He drove her to win at Banks Peninsula in March 2017.
The win was very much a family affair as Le Lievre first winner at Rangiora in August 2010 was Amelie the dam of Enchantee.
“She (Amelie) was a really game mare. She would have won a lot more races if she’d stayed sound. She broke down twice. She only won once but she was hardly out of the money in just seven starts.”
Le Lievre said he will now target the big mare’s races coming up at Addington.
“This will probably be her last season of racing. We’re not going to over race her. If she’s racing well we may just race her a bit longer into the autumn.”