Waipa sta­bles rack up six wins at TA

Is­dale trained Colorado Bay im­pres­sive win­ner of Race Im­ages 1150

Waipa Post - - The Country - BY COLIN THORSEN

Cam­bridge and Te Awa­mutu sta­bles had a field day weigh­ing in for six wins, four sec­onds and seven thirds at Waipa¯ Rac­ing Club’s Septem­ber meet­ing.

The day’s high­light was the Te Awa­mutu tri­fecta in the Ken­ton Wright Race Im­ages 1150, won by Colorado Bay, trained by Clin­ton Is­dale and owned by Glo­ria Gray­don and El­iz­a­beth Pol­lard.

As a year­ling Colorado Bay sus­tained a pad­dock in­jury and was with­drawn from the 2015 Karaka Year­ling Sales. As a three-year-old the geld­ing had three starts.

“He al­ways showed he had abil­ity but was men­tally im­ma­ture,” Pol­lard said. “He would tend to over-race and do things wrong. I de­cided be­cause of his good looks, size and mark­ings he would make an ideal dessage horse.

“He was given away to a vet nurse but she failed to col­lect him. Clin­ton Is­dale ex­pressed an in­ter­est in the horse and now hav­ing recorded three wins, the rest is his­tory.”

Pol­lard said the key to Colorado Bay has been al­ter­na­tive train­ing. He rarely sees a train­ing track, only on race day.

“Clin­ton Is­dale and Jemma He­wit­son have done an amaz­ing job. Clin­ton is cur­rently New Zealand’s lead­ing am­a­teur jockey.”

The rac­ing part­ner­ship of Gray­don and Pol­lard has been very suc­cess­ful, rac­ing five horses for a to­tal of 26 wins — Rosetti Bay eight wins, Queens Rose eight wins, Pa­cific Rose five wins, Di­a­mond Rose two wins and Colorado Bay three wins.

“Colorado Bay has al­ways been a work in progress but now the penny has fi­nally dropped he’s got his act to­gether, al­though he’s still a big baby.”

Jockey Sa­man­tha Col­lett had the 5-year-old geld­ing Colorado Bay se­cond on the turn, took over the lead with 600m to run and bolted away to win by 5.5 lengths from Aligns With Me, trained by Bren­don Hawtin, with the Stephen Ralph trained Marissa plac­ing third to com­plete the Te Awa­mutu 1, 2, 3.

It was the se­cond oc­ca­sion in as many starts on a heavy 11 track at Waipa¯ that Colorado Bay has blitzed the field over the same dis­tance, hav­ing won by eight lengths and pay­ing $18.40 for the win on June 17.

Ralph and Is­dale also sad­dled up Ra­zor and Le Pa­tron to place se­cond and third re­spec­tively in race two, the Waipa¯ Home of Cham­pi­ons 1150.

Hawtin had fur­ther suc­cess with In­dian Maid plac­ing se­cond in race five, the NZB In­sur­ance Pearl Se­ries Race.

A third plac­ing by the Ben Ropiha trained Si­enna Grace in race eight, the Vi­la­grad 2000, capped Te Awa­mutu’s day in the sun.

Cam­bridge sta­bles fared even bet­ter, record­ing five wins. John Bell, for­merly of Ki­hik­ihi, rode York­shire Dales to win race four, the Gib­son Con­struc­tion 1580, and Silk won race nine, the Mer­chant Liquor 2000.

Ta­ree, trained by Tarissa Mitchell, took out race one, the Chip­per­field Round Equine Ed­u­ca­tion 1150; the Tony Pike trained Sa­cred De­light was first past the post in race six, the NZB In­sur­ance Pearl Se­ries Race, and the Craig Phelan trained Bay Rocker won the Vi­la­grad 2000.

Pike had fur­ther suc­cess with Red­cayenne plac­ing se­cond in race three, the Quin­lan Elec­tri­cal 1580. Cam­bridge horses to place third were the David Wil­son-trained Sell­wood, Rachael Kramer-trained Princess Raaj, Stephen Marsh­trained Goldi­li­cious, and Ralph Man­ning-trained Here To Stay.

Photo / Race Im­ages

Home and hosed . . . Colorado Bay, in the hands of jockey Sa­man­tha Col­lett, scores a de­ci­sive win in the Race Im­ages 1150 at Waipa¯ .

Photo / Sup­plied

Glo­ria Gray­don and Liz Pol­lard, own­ers of the Clin­ton Is­dale trained Colorado Bay.

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