Well-bred and highly talented Pencarrow mare Cote D’Or (NZ) (Makfi) picked up her fourth win from her last six starts at Tauranga on Saturday.
Ridden by Danielle Johnson for Ken and Bev Kelso, Cote D’Or raced in midfield in the $22,500 Bayleys Real Estate 2100 before quickening in the home straight. She surged through a gap towards the inside of the track and was too strong for her seven rivals in the last 200 metres, scoring by a length and a half.
Cote D’Or has now had a total of 11 starts for four wins, four placings and more than $43,000 in prize-money.
Bred and raced by Sir Peter Vela, Cote D’Or is out of Our Echezeaux (NZ) (Zabeel), the dam of stakes winners Dolmabache (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) and Pure Elegance (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice). She is also a three-quarter sister to Romanee Conti (NZ) (Sir Tristram), a multiple stakes winner and the dam of Caulfield and Melbourne Cup heroine Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm).
Cote D’Or comes from one of Pencarrow’s finest families, with Our Echezeaux being a sister to Grand Echezeaux (NZ) – a Group One winner herself, and the dam of Group One winner and top sire Darci Brahma (NZ) (Danehill), as well as the multiple stakes winner Burgundy (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) and stakes-placed Saperavi (NZ) (Stravinsky).
Our Echezeaux is a three-quarter sister to Romanee Conti (NZ) (Sir Tristram) another high-class racemare who is the dam of champion mare Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm). Ethereal is the granddam of the recent Group 3 winner Eleonora (NZ) (Makfi).