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2016 Eagle Technology Stakes Group 3 November 26 - Ellerslie

Coldplay wins 2016 Eagle Technology Stakes Group 3 NZ$70,000 at Ellerslie (NZ), 1600m.

2016 Eagle Technology Stakes Group 3 November 26 - Ellerslie

Coldplay wins 2016 Eagle Technology Stakes Group 3 NZ$70,000 at Ellerslie (NZ), 1600m.

Coldplay winning the Eagle Technology Stakes
Coldplay winning the Eagle Technology Stakes Picture:Trish Dunell

From barrier five, Coldplay Horseform found herself among the last few (one off the fence) when the field settled. Passing the 800m they were fourth last and approaching the last corner jockey Gary Grylls pushed the button and the mare drove up wide to camp in behind the leading group. Into the straight and six deep, they were almost abreast of the leaders. Grylls pumped away until the 200m then got busy and slowly the mare edged alongside the new leader and her momentum was just sufficient to gamely carry her to the wire by a short neck.

Ronchi Horseform had a lovely run (rails) behind the pacemaker, got a nice split as they straightened for the run home, grabbed the lead inside the 250m and gave the winner a good fight all the way to the line for an equally game second.


Stylish Attack Horseform was back early, ran up along the fence to track Ronchi into the straight, moved out for run at the 300m but had to switch back to the inner then ran on fairly, nabbing third a couple of strides from the line.

Favourite Saint Emilion Horseform led to the 250m and stuck on well, losing third late, for a fighting fourth.
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R7 ELLERSLIE 26 November 2016
Eagle Technology Stakes , 1600m PLAY REPLAY
Race Synopsis: This G3 mile under set weights and penalties saw a 4yo quinella with the mare Coldplay scoring by a short neck from the male Ronchi. Coldplay was second up having won when resuming and the mare sat seventh before being wide across the top and then surged attractively for her rider the run home to reach second at the 200m. Her will to win was evident as she gained the upper hand albeit narrowly the final 20m to win her fourth race from eleven outings. It was her second G3 win but this came against all comers so has much more worth. Ronchi after trailing the leaders popped off and strode to the lead at the 250m and had just one threat thereafter. He tried hard to repel Coldplay but the 1.5kg difference was telling. Stylish Attack ran on nicely to grab third after the mare got back on the inner then came through to fourth at the 200m. It was her first attempt in a blacktype event plus like the first two home she came into this event as a last start winner. Saint Emilion set the pace as usual and fought well once headed at the 250m but he is more a middle distance type these days. Benzini ran a ripper considering this race was more an after-thought to prepare for bigger spoils ahead. He got back as usual and under the topweight of 57kg kept coming down the outer for a sound fifth. Mime was a tad disappointing after having every chance throughout. Blizzard was better than it can ever read as the grey was wide for the majority of the race and went up third across the top before not surprisingly feeling the strain. He boxed on for seventh beaten five lengths but many would have dropped right out the run home after such an overlander. Endear Rose and Antonio Lombardo were average and the latter since being ridden cold has not won a race since January. In fact four of his last five wins came when sitting second the outer or trailing the leaders and all of them have come when second turning for home. Matimba stopped badly and G3 is beyond him while Trojan Warrior was dreadful in finishing last. He was second at this track beaten a head at G1 over a mile in the Autumn carrying 55kg so was thrown in today at the same weight. Drifting back to last never helped his cause but something was not right and in fact he has been inconsistent already this season with two misses and a win in between. Coldplay is in for a good season as a 4yo mare has so many opportunities and at WFA is very well situated too. Ronchi will keep on delivering too so this race looks a decent look into the future for the rest of the season. The race should stand up for sprinters, milers and middle distance types as is the case for Benzini, Saint Emilion and Blizzard.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
9. COLDPLAY (NZ)
5yo Mare
M BAKER
CRAIG GRYLLS
53.5
$8.50
 
SAVABEEL (AUS) - FORTY TWO BELOW (NZ)
G J Chittick & G D Wallace
2nd  
5. RONCHI (NZ)
5yo Gelding
BRUCE WALLACE & ALLAN PEARD
GRANT COOKSLEY
55.0
$4.00
 
STRAVINSKY (USA) - ROSE OF TRALEE (AUS)
Lady Justine & Sir Patrick Hogan, I Wanna Race Syndicate, D Lukas & B J Wallace
3rd  
12. STYLISH ATTACK (NZ)
6yo Mare
GRAEME HUGHES
MICHAEL COLEMAN
53.0
$14.80
 
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - WESTERN INVASION (AUS)
 G L Hughes
4th  2. SAINT EMILION (NZ)
6yo Gelding
M BAKER
OPIE BOSSON
56.0
$3.90
5th  1. BENZINI (AUS)
8yo Gelding
ADRIAN & HARRY BULL
KELLY MC CULLOCH
57.0
$9.50
6th  8. MIME (NZ)
5yo Mare
M BAKER
MATTHEW CAMERON
54.0
$6.90
7th  6. BLIZZARD (NZ)
7yo Gelding
EMMA-LEE & DAVID BROWNE
ALYSHA COLLETT
55.0
$21.20
8th  13. ENDEAN ROSE (NZ)
7yo Mare
IAIN KENNEDY
BRENDAN HUTTON
53.0
$71.60
9th  3. ANTONIO LOMBARDO (NZ)
9yo Gelding
PETER MCKAY
SHAUN M MC KAY
55.0
$31.50
10th  7. MATIMBA (NZ)
9yo Gelding
PETER DARVILL
SAM SPRATT
55.0
$39.30
11th  4. TROJAN WARRIOR (NZ)
6yo Gelding
ANNE HERBERT
CAMERON LAMMAS
55.0
$7.50


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