Coldstone Cruises Home
Feb 19, 2018
It was an easy watch for Coldstone's supporters at Flemington on Saturday, the tough and consistent six-year-old always travelling well in the York Racecourse Handicap.
Enjoying a lovely trail fourth along the rails, the chestnut got into a lovely rhythm for Stephanie Thornton and from the 300m he was chasing gamely - taking a little while to wind up but able to draw 3/4 length clear after hitting the lead with 75m to go.
"It was important he got rolling early which is what Stephanie did, that's the way to operate on him," Michael Kent said - "she rode him really well."
"He runs well all the time," Kent said of the consistent gelding who was having his first run since a Lord Stakes third on Boxing Day, "and he had freshened up really nicely."
Thornton agreed - "he had trialled well leading into this and he was nice and fresh and on his toes."
"We started working coming to the corner but I left a little in the tank till the 200m and I was confident from there."
"It did look the perfect race for him," Kent said - "he drew a soft gate and had Stephanie's claim."
Nominated to race in Dubai, Coldstone may well head that way should Supido - who was a gallant first up fourth in Saturday's Gr.1 Lightning Stakes - make the trip.
"If Supido goes he will be his travelling partner," said Kent, noting that Coldstone is not the easiest horse to place - "he gets a lot of weight in the handicaps now but there should be a Listed race for him somewhere."
Already stakes placed with his game Lord Stakes run, Coldstone has won six of his 33 starts in Australia and France. A son of the Nureyev line stallion Gold Away (also sire of globe-trotting multiple Gr.1 winner Alexander Goldrun), he is out of the three times winning Fantastic Light mare Vraona.