Jul 02, 2017
It was a relieved and happy Michael Kent who welcomed imported galloper Coldstone into the winner's circle at Caulfield on Saturday, the trainer beginning to worry that the handsome chestnut was never going to have any luck!
"I was beginning to worry that his chances had passed him by but today for the first time he was able to enjoy a nice run."
Patiently steeredby the stable's in-form apprentice Beau Mertens, Coldstone settled well midfield along the rails and was travelling sweetly coming to the turn - but he needed the run with horses all around and in front.
But Mertens did not panic and when a gap appeared with 150m to go, Coldstone was quick to take it, gamely wearing down the leader, putting his nose out close to home.
"He is a horse who needs to build up a bit of momentum so it could've been a bit sticky," Mertens said, "but we had a bit of luck with the runs coming when we needed them."
"Once he got clear he finished off strongly."
It was win number five from 26 starts for the French bred gelding whose other victories came at Longchamp and Chantilly.
A son of Gold Away, sire of globe-trotting multiple Group One winner Alexander Goldrun, Coldstone is out of the Longchamp winning Fantastic Light mare Vraona from a strong international family whose members include the feature race winners Mill On The Floss, Bosham Mill, Scott's View and Mac Melody... horses who have won in a variety of countries from the UK to Qatar and Italy to France.
Congratulations to Coldstone's patient owners headed by Grand Lodge Racing.