Group 1 Triumph for Krone in Coolmore Classic

Mark Smith - Saturday March 13

The Tony Gollan-trained Krone completed the transformation from honest toiler to Group 1 star following a dominant performance in Saturday’s $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1600m) at Rosehill Gardens.

That was dominant - Krone (image Steve Hart)

Coming off victories in the $1million Fillies and Mares race at the Gold Coast and the Group II Guy Walter Stakes at Randwick, the 5yo daughter of Eurozone burst between runners under Tim Clark to defeat Mizzy (Zoustar) by one and a quarter lengths with Dame Giselle (I Am Invincible) a long-neck back in third.

It was the fifth stakes- success for Krone advancing her record to six five five from 26 starts with earnings of $1,427,650.

“I must admit I was a lot more confident earlier in the week when it looked like we were going to get a wet track, Gollan said.

“When it didn’t eventuate I was really kicking stones this morning when leaving Brisbane. I really thought it was going to be hard for her on the firm ground, but I always had barrier one up my sleeve, and she was always going to need a lot of luck ridden that way to win.

“From the 600m when she just started to suck up underneath them, then 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.

“We only got her last winter up to our place, and she was meant to go through the June sale last year.

“The guys 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.

Krone Tim Clark (image Steve Hart)

“She’s just been great, I can’t praise the mare enough. She’s done a fantastic job, the whole team does a great job with our horses. Adrian’s done a terrific job here with her the last two weeks. All the guys at Peter and Paul Snowdens have helped look after us as well in the last fortnight. She’s just a really good mare, in good form, and when they’re like this they are hard to beat.

“We’ve still got a Coolmore Legacy during The Championships, a Group 1 mile. I don’t know we’ll just go home and see what they all want to do and see how she pulls up.”

A $120,000 Magic Millions 2YOs in Training purchase for Roll the Dice Racing, Krone is a 3-time veteran of the sales ring.

Eurozone (image Mark Smith)

The daughter of Eurozone made $30,000 as a weanling in 2017 at the Magic Millions when offered by her breeders Bell View Park and then $60,000 as a yearling when bought by Rosemont Stud at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Widden Stud draft.

Krone is the best of two winners from four to race from Soft Landing, a half-sister by Al Maher to Group I winners Universal Prince and Universal Queen. She has a 2yo filly by Fighting Sun that failed to make her $40,000 reserve at the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Not served in 2019, Soft Landing slipped to Sun Stud’s Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner National Defense (GB) in 2019 before being covered by Spendthrift Farm's Breeders' Cup Classic hero Vino Rosso (Curlin) last spring.

Krone becomes the first Group 1 winner for Eurozone who began his career at Newgate Farm before transferring to Bellereve Stud near Canberra.



Race Result - Coolmore Classic Gr1 1500m

Rosehill Track: Good(3) Time: 1:27.68
T: T J Gollan J: Tim Clark 57
5m Eurozone (AUS) x Soft Landing (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $120,000
V:Rosemont Stud Gnarwarre Vic
B: Roll The Dice Racing
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $60,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Rosemont Stud
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $30,000
V:Bell View Park Stud Meroo Meadow NSW
B: Rae Louise Charlton
T: A J Cummings J: Regan Bayliss 58
5m Zoustar (AUS) x Missy Cummings (AUS) (Magnus (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone
B: Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Dame Giselle
T: P & P Snowden J: R Dolan 51
3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Ballet Society (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
I Am Invincible
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Go Bloodstock Australia Pty Ltd
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Ms K O'Hara 50
3f Vancouver (AUS) x Angel Bee (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW
B: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing
T: Brad Widdup J: K Mc Evoy 56
4m Sacred Falls (NZ) x Fabulist (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Jadeskye Racing / Brad Widdup Racing / Samaco Racing
All Saints' Eve
T: J A O'Shea J: B Avdulla 54
4m Sacred Falls (NZ) x Halloween (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
T: C J Waller J: Tommy Berry 56.5
4m Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Notice Received (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Reelem In Ruby
T: P & P Snowden J: A Adkins 55
5m Pierro (AUS) x Bobine (USA) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Mayfield Thoroughbreds, Hilldene
B: Triple Crown Syndications
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale Platinum Session $75,000
V:Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Buckley, Vic
B: Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)
Rich Hips
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: M J Dee 54.5
4m Written Tycoon (AUS) x She's Curvaceous (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Woodside Park Stud, Tylden
B: First Light Racing / Busuttin Racing / P Willetts
Sweet Deal
T: John Thompson J: T Marquand 58
6m Casino Prince (AUS) x Dorothy Evelyn (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $67,500
V:Lincoln Farm, Blandford
B: Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA)
T: Archie Alexander J: Declan Bates 52.5
4m Testa Rossa (AUS) x Mary Of Modena (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $25,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Alexander Racing/McKeever Bloodstock
Forbidden Love
T: R & M Freedman J: N Rawiller 54.5
3f All Too Hard (AUS) x Juliet's Princess (USA) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds Scone NSW
B: Richard Freedman
T: J G Sargent J: J R Collett 53.5
4m Sebring (AUS) x Doulmera (USA) (Mr. Greeley (USA))
T: K A Lees J: Ms L Day 51
5m Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Willow (AUS) (Woodman (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Australian Bloodstock Pty Ltd
Madam Rouge
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 57
5m Zoustar (AUS) x Cabernet (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $310,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock
Barbie's Fox
T: Ms L Bonella J: J Benbow 51
4m Foxwedge (AUS) x So Barbie Says (AUS) (Kenvain (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic
B: J Graham
Tricky Gal
T: Matthew Smith J: G Boss 54
5m Magic Albert (AUS) x Velocity Gal (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Sovereign Award
T: D T O'Brien J: Rachel King 55
5m Shamus Award (AUS) x Sovereign Charm (AUS) (Show A Heart (AUS))
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