A decision to invest in a handful of yearlings at Karaka last year is looking set to payoff for a group of American investors.
The Bourbon Lane Stable LLC, led by American investor Dennis Foster, will look forward to watching three of their purchases compete in New Zealand this weekend.
Bourbonaire will be the partnership’s major focus this weekend when he lines-up in the Gr.2 Dundeel At Arrowfield Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday.
The son of Darci Brahma finished sixth in the Gr.3 Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa earlier this month after winning on debut at Matamata a fortnight prior.
Trainer Stephen Marsh is pleased with his charge heading into the three-year-old feature and he believes the 1400m distance will be ideal for the colt.
“He had his final gallop this (Wednesday) morning and he’s going really well,” Marsh said.
“I think the 1400m is ideal for him.
“On paper his last race looked a bit disappointing, but he did run the fastest last 600m of the race.
“He is a lovely colt, I am just hoping the track isn’t too firm for him.
“If everything is going perfect, he will go from here to the Sarten (Gr.2, 1400m) and then onto the Guineas (Gr.1, 1600m).”
Bourbonaire was purchased out of Little Avondale Stud’s 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sale draft by Bourbon Lane Stable LLC and Marsh for $120,000.
-NZ Racing Desk