Former top juvenile Ardrossan maintained his unbeaten New Zealand record when he scored in the Gr.3 Preferment@Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie on the Karaka Sales raceday in January.
Unbeaten in two New Zealand starts as a two-year-old, including a win at Listed level, the Redoute’s Choice entire was subsequently sent to Australia in a bid to enhance his value for a possible future stud career.
Nothing went right for the colt in his four Australian starts and he returned to his original trainer, Stephen Marsh in late 2018.
A comfortable first-up win at Te Aroha earlier in January had Ardrossan primed for his effort today and he didn’t disappoint as he sat outside a solid pace set by Joy Anna before taking control of the race at the 300m.
Carrying the colours of part-owner Waikato Stud, Ardrossan forged clear before comfortably holding out the late challenge of Ever Loyal by a length in a smart 1.10.07 for the 1200m journey.
Marsh was all smiles as he accepted congratulations in the Ellerslie birdcage after the race.
“We think he is really high class. He was up against it today, but he travelled beautifully and won well” Marsh said