Our Intrigue heads for a spell

(Our) Intrigue  - Trish Dunell
(Our) Intrigue

Trish Dunell

Group Two performer Our Intrigue will head to the spelling paddock after her unplaced run in the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben last Saturday.

The Tony Pike-trained three-year-old was heading into the race off the back of a winning performance over 2200m at the Sunshine Coast last month, but Pike said the Oaks test may have been a race too far for his filly.

“She probably just came to the end of her preparation,” he said. “She’s going to head to the spelling paddock, she has been up a long time and did a good job to get into the Oaks.

“I think a couple of runs on heavy tracks just took its toll and she raced like a bit of a flat racehorse on Saturday in the Oaks unfortunately.”

The daughter of Showcasing, who was purchased for $70,000 by bloodstock agent Paul Moroney out of Haunui Farm’s 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale draft, won three of her eight starts this season, and was runner-up in the Gr.2 Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie in April.

Pike was pleased with her three-year-old season and is looking forward to seeing what she can do as a four-year-old.

“She’s a nice filly on her first preparation and I am sure she will keep for next season,” he said.


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