Roi D'Jeu and Jason Collett have matters well in hand. Kenton Wright www.raceimages.co.nz
Perfectly suited by a genuine pace, Roi D’Jeu (5 B. G. Montjeu – Balinchy, by Lord Ballina) came from last to blow his nine rivals away in the $15,000 Top Soil and Sand Supplies Rating 90 at Te Rapa on Friday.
While 2000-metres second-up off a 63-day let-up seemed like an ideal step after peaking on his prior run when fifth over a mile at Te Rapa, the key element in the success for the promising Shaune Ritchie-trained staying type was the booking of inform young rider Jason Collett.
Although still an apprentice, 19-year-old Collett has continued the good form that saw him finish seventh in the premiership last season with 74 wins, and his maturity in the saddle is flourishing under the management of Garry Cossey, who also performs the role for the talented youngster James McDonald.
Collett eased Roi D’Jeu to the rear from the outset, remaining pat before commencing a circling run from seven-lengths adrift at the 600m and he charged clear to win by three-and-three-quarter-lengths after quickening to lead a furlong out.
Roi D’Jeu had previously displayed an affinity for yielding ground having won consecutively prior to his let-up, and coped admirably on footing downgraded from Slow9 to Heavy10 following the second race.
He had recorded his wins in impressive fashion at Rotorua, sprinting home from well back in the field over 1950m on Slow7, then over 2200m on Dead6 under minimal urging. On each occasion he drew on the services of apprentice riders Roxanne Rattley and Zawari Razali Zawari, who used their respective three and four-kilo claims to advantage.
Adding to his ability to cop rain-affected going, his dam, Balinchy (Lord Ballina), recorded 11 of her 12 wins on heavy footing, one of them, the listed Matamata Cup, incidentally on the same day, October 1, 1994.
The ability to quicken on dead tracks and having acted soundly to place in one of his two starts on good ground, signals Roi D’Jeu is an above average galloper with a bright future over middle distances to further his record of three wins from eleven starts.
He is owned by G G Syndicate Ltd & K L Parsons.