Feb 29, 2016
Much was expected of Deja Blue as she resumed as favourite at Sale on Sunday, the lightly raced three-year-old having promised so much during her first couple of light campaigns last year.
And she delivered in spades, settling back from a wide gate in a BM64 1100m contest and charging to the line!
Despite still seeing in the rest of the field with just 300m to go, Deja Blue was able to win going away by an impressive 2 1/4 lengths, sprouting wings over the final stages.
Having her first run since last winter and just her fifth overall, the daughter of Denman recorded her second victory having bolted in with her maiden at Geelong last July.
"She is not a bad filly this one," jockey Matthew Allen said, keen to thank Mike Rogers who has been giving the grey a bit of a barrier education after she had shown an unwillingness to enter and stand in the gates in the past.
"He spent a couple of weeks with her and did a magnificent job."
"Today past the 600m I thought we were in a bit of trouble as she wanted to drop the bit but once she balanced up she quickly picked them up. She will be improved by that run and she has got a good future."
Robbie agrees, noting that it was "a relief to see her go into the barriers and jump cleanly. She relaxed really well and that is a game changer for her. I liked the way she came down the outside to win with ease and she will head to Sandown in a couple of week's time. Hopefully it is just city class for her from now on."
A bargain $60,000 purchase at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier, Deja Blue is out of the imported Gone West mare Miss Chatski. Served last spring by Epaulette having foaled a Helmet colt in late September, she has produced four winners from as many runners including the stakes placed Triple Gold.
Deja Blue inherits her distinctive colouring from one of the greatest of grey mares, her sixth multiple Group One winning sixth dam Petite Etoile, in turn descendant of the legendary Mumtaz Mahal.