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Krone wins Coolmore Classic to continue her stunning autumn rise

What do they say about mares in form?

Krone, fast becoming the pride of Queensland racing, scored her third feature race win in a row and a breakthrough Group 1 success in the $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

She has reeled off wins in the Magic Millions Fillies and Mares, Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes and the Coolmore in quick succession, collecting just over $1 million for her owners – all this after she was nearly sold as a broodmare last year!

Trainer Tony Gollan’s said Krone has a lethal burst of acceleration which jockey Tim Clark has used to great effect in the mare’s two Sydney wins.

Queenslander!! Krone takes out the 2021 Coolmore Classic in a beautiful run. A gun ride from @clarkyhk for @tonygollan!

“You can’t ride her like a good thing and go around the field, you need to hold her up and save her for the last crack at them,’’ Gollan said.

“Tim did that at Randwick last start when he stayed on the back of another horse until half-way down the straight and he’s done it again today.

“He’s had to wait for the gap but when it came, Krone showed her very good turn of foot. She’s just in a great frame of mind at the moment and really enjoying her racing.

“From the 600m when she just started to suck up underneath them, when he cut the corner beautifully, and once the run presented she was really just too good. She’s gone up a lot in weight to 57kg today and on an unsuitable Good 3 and she’s still done the job, so it’s fantastic.

Krone stormed home to win the Coolmore Classic. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“Here week in, week out the competition is as strong as it is anywhere in the country so to be able to come out on top in a big Group 1 means a lot.”

Krone ($14), ridden by Tim Clark, burst through the pack and raced clear to score by a widening one-and-a-quarter lengths.

Mizzy ($26), who was coming off her narrow loss in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes last week, looked likely to score a deserved big-race win when she forged to the front inside the final 200m but had no answer to Krone’s brilliant finishing sprint.

Dame Giselle ($18) relished getting back onto a firm track and ran bravely for third, just in front of a luckless Vangelic ($9) who didn’t get much galloping room in the straight.

Favourite Forbidden Love ($5) struck trouble from the top of the straight and never really got into the clear before finishing only 12th.

Gollan revealed that Krone looked likely to be retired when he was first given her to train last year.

Trainer Tony Gollan secured a Group 1 win with Krone at Rosehill Gardens. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“We only got her last winter up to our place and she was meant to go through the June (Broodmare) sale,’’ Gollan said.

“Then the guys (owners) said ‘what do you think, are you happy to go to the Magic Millions mares race with her?’ and I said ‘well, she’s got a good appetite for her racing still’ and that worked out well.

“Then I thought we’d have a free throw at the stumps at the autumn down here which is a fairly high level again.

“But she’s just been great, I can’t praise the mare enough. She’s done a fantastic job. She’s just a really good mare, in good form and when they’re like this they are hard to beat.”

Jockey Tim Clark scored his second successive Coolmore Classic win on Krone after winning the race with Con Te Partiro last year.

“It was definitely satisfying, which Group 1 isn’t I guess,’’ Clark said.

“We were obviously hoping that the track was going to be a bit more rain affected but she drew lovely and she had a good run throughout, didn’t spend a penny.

Krone gave jockey Tim Clark his second successive win in the Coolmore Classic after riding Con Te Partiro to victory in last year’s race. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“She travelled really good and when she got the gaps she really let rip. She’s in terrific form and for her to be able to do that with 57kgs on her back, she had a good horse’s weight, she put that field away comfortably.”

Krone isn’t finished yet with Gollan planning to follow the feature mares races this autumn with the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes at Rosehill in two weeks before the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy (Queen of the Turf) Stakes at Randwick on April 10.

“There’s the Emancipation and we’ve still got a Coolmore Legacy during The Championships, a Group 1 mile,’’ Gollan said.

“It’s been a long time in between drinks for me, the last one when the two boys (Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom) ran the quinella in the Doomben 10,000 back in 2014. My first one was 2012 at Randwick so it’s fantastic to be back in Sydney, I guess where it all started for Group 1’s, and get another one with a mare.”

Originally published asKrone zone: Gollan’s mare makes Classic statement

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