There was a royal connection at Royal Randwick on New Years Day, as Royal Witness set the track alight to get the new year off to a flying start for Tricolours and their wonderful group of owners. Ridden by Rachel King, Royal Witness AKA 'Bluey', left the barriers like he was shot out of a cannon and showed blistering speed to take the lead.

Rachel let Bluey bowl along at his high cruising speed and turning for home he looked to have them covered. However, a late surge by November Man forced a few heart palpitations for the Tricolour owners as it went down to a nail biting photo finish. The low shot looked like November Man had just got there, however, once the photo went up, celebrations kicked off, as Bluey had held on for a sensational win.

Rachel described him as a “tough little horse” as despite getting tired with 100m to go, he refused to lay down. The time of 56.9 was a new class record, beating the old mark set by Joe’s multiple Group 1 winner Terravista and was only 0.3 seconds outside the track record!

It was a huge effort first up on a hot day from the outside gate and it's safe to say all those involved were really impressed by him. What's more exciting, is that Joe feels there is still improvement to come.

A huge congratulations to Tricolours syndication and their great group of owners. Bluey has come a long way in a short time, the owners have been patient, and we are starting to see what this little pocket rocket is really made of!

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