Matamata trainer Jason Bridgman is confident of further black-type success with the progressive Pins mare Sans Souci. "At this stage we'll work through the grades but in the back of my mind I've got races like the Evergreen and Cuddle Stakes for her before the tracks get too hard," he said.
Bridgman has taken a patient approach with the Bluegables Farm graduate who has now won three of her five starts. The four-year-old posted her latest victory at Hastings today and, after racing three back on the fence, saw daylight late and charged home to down her Rating 80 opposition.
"She's always looked a promising filly and after she won (and placed in the Listed Castletown Stakes) at two we put her aside for the spring racing as a three-year-old," Bridgman said. "We trialled her up against the older horses at Te Teko and she won as she liked." However, Sans Souci was unplaced in the Gr 3 Gold Trail Stakes last year and was subsequently turned out again. "We took bloods and tests and found she was post-viral so we had to turn her out and then had a lot of other niggling problems with her." Sans Souci proved she was worth waiting for when she successfully resumed last month at Te Aroha, where she accounted for subsequent winner Enyaar, and continued on her winning way at Hastings. "When the gap opened up in the straight she showed a massive turn of foot," jockey Matthew Cameron said.
Bred by Monty and Judy Henderson, Sans Souci was sold under their Bluebagles banner during the Select Sale at Karaka in 2009. Purchased for $85,000 by Te Akau Stables principal David Ellis, she is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Buckling who is also the dam of the Gr 2 Concorde Handicap winner Ego.