Smart filly salutes for Laurie

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Minor Margin: The Matt Laurie-trained filly Bleu Roche (middle) holds off a wall of horses to win at Flemington. Picture: Supplied

MORNINGTON-based racehorse trainer, Matt Laurie, topped off Kennedy Oaks day at Flemington on a high as his talented filly, Bleu Roche, saluted in the last event on the card.

The three-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock saw the Flemington straight for the first time and scored a narrow but tough victory against her own age and sex in the $200,000 Group Three World Horse Racing Roses Stakes (1100m) on Thursday 8 November.

The up-and-coming filly held off a wall of horses with the Clinton McDonald-trained filly, Causeway Girl, and the Lee Curtis-trained Meryl both being beaten by just under a head for second and third, respectively.

Trainer Matt Laurie said he’s excited with what lays ahead for his talented filly.

“I thought she was a pretty good horse,” he said.

“Her run the other day at Moonee Valley was enormous so I started to get a little bit worried that maybe she’d spent everything 10 days ago, but she’s backed that up with a really great performance.

“It was her fourth start in her first prep and she’s now a group winning filly, so we’ve got a lot to look forward to.”

When looking at where Bleu Roche would head to next, Laurie hadn’t quite put his finger on an exact race but said it would likely be one of high quality.

“Everything is on the card,” he said. “We’re flying.”

“She’s obviously a class filly and we’ll be looking at some pretty smart races [with her].”

First published in the Mornington News – 13 November 2018

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