Coldie wins cup
Darren Weir’s domination of the country cup scene continued at Donald on Sunday.
Australia’s leading stable had Another Coldie lining up in the 1620-metre Donald Cup, with Dean Yendall in the saddle.
Yendall gave the four-year-old a beautiful run, in the box seat off a good tempo set by stable-mate Refulgent.
Another Coldie, $1.45, continued to stalk the leaders, and when in the straight began to let down strongly. The Snitzel entire struck the front, but had a tough fight on his hands, eventually gaining the ascendancy over La Fleurette to score by a long neck.
Another Coldie’s future looks very bright, having won six times in 15 starts, for $233,675 in stake money.
Gin Atomic has her day
Horsham trainer Paul Preusker’s frustrating run with his maiden mare Gin Atomic came to an end in the 1350m plate on Donald Cup day.
Ridden by regular jockey Holly Mckechnie, Gin Atomic, $1.90 favourite, was positioned beautifully, sitting at the leader’s girth.
The daughter of Atomic was travelling strongly before the home turn. Once in the straight, Gin Atomic went to the lead, and soon established a gap on her rivals, booting clear for a three-length win.
After six minor placings from as many starts, Gin Atomic finally got the win she so thoroughly deserved and hopefully can go on with the job for her connections.