Cologne finally breaks her duck8 Jul 2019

Cologne finally broke her duck on her 16th attempt after she claimed the $10,000 Group 1 Turf Bar Cambridge (Maiden) over 1600 metres at Te Rapa on Saturday.

A smart ride from Sam Spratt, she was able to make full use of the inside draw to set the pace and kicked away by three lengths soon after straightening and outlast the fast finishing favourite Because (T.Yanagida) by a short head with three lengths back to Girl Of Steel (C. Burdan) in third place.
“I managed to use the inside gate and get to the front. We were able dictate terms and she fought on well,” Spratt said.
“Despite heading toward the outside fence, if the other horse did come to us earlier, it would have straightened her up. When she was out in front by herself she was a little lost,” Spratt added.
The pair overcoming a protest from the connections of the runners-up.

Cologne’s winning time was 1:40.56 (last 600 in 39.2) on a Heavy10 track.

“It was a good run today. It wasn’t a bad run last start at Ruakaka too, McKee stable representative Matthew Faber said.
“From the inside draw and side winkers on for the first time, kicked in and she did the job.”
“She’s quite fit as she’s a few runs and Sam rode her well.”
Cologne was bred and owned by trainer Stephen McKee and his late father Trevor, who also raced Cologne’s dam Sunstrike (Rock of Gilbraltar).
Sunstrike may have only won two races but on one phenomenon, was beaten by her older sibling Sun Ruler here at Te Rapa back in December 2009, both out of the great McKee trained Sunline.
Sunline won 32 of her 48 starts, including thirteen at Group One level including the 2002 Waikato Sprint, and banked $14,110,013 in prizemoney. - Mark Nowell