Sixth Success For Deja Blue
Feb 19, 2017
It was no mean feat getting Deja Blue to the post at Moonee Valley on Friday night, the somewhat temperamental lass deciding to put on a show before the race had even begun - at first refusing to enter the mounting yard then not too keen to leave it!
"She had six people behind her the last time I looked," Don Healy joked, relieved that Deja Blue was able to conserve some of her energy for the task at hand.
Whilst she may have been a bit unsettled pre-race, Deja Blue did everything right when it mattered, enjoying a nice trail behind the leaders along the rails - just needing a bit of luck coming to the turn.
And that luck soon game, a split opening early in the straight with Deja Blue quickly taking it, wearing down the leader and putting her nose out on the line,
In doing so the talented grey recorded the sixth success (her fourth at metropolitan level) from just 14 starts.
Three of those wins have come with Jye McNeil aboard and he was happy to again team with her. "I've had a great relationship with this horse," he enthused, "and it has been a great ride."
McNeil joked about Deja Blue's antics, noting that "she certainly has a few tricks though normally she doesn't present them until she gets onto the track!"
"It was a really good training effort bringing her back from1400m to 1200m," he said, "and there are plenty more wins left in store for her."
Purchased by Robbie with Peter Ford at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Deja Blue is a daughter of Lonhro's Group One son Denman and the imported Gone West mare Miss Chaski.
Served last spring by Delago Deluxe, she is also dam of the stakes placed Triple Gold , the dual city winner Distant Dreams and the nine times winner Conch.
Hailing from one of the world's great families, Deja Blue is a granddaughter of UK stakes winner Zelanda and a descendant of the legendary matriarch Mumtaz Mahal from whom she has inherited - through the direct female line - her distinctive grey coat.