Ontrack Thoroughbreds staying filly Kolstar quit maidens with an authoritative win over 1800 metres on the Gold Coast.
The three-year-old daughter of Star Witness was having only her fourth start when she overcame a bad start to down the favourite.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan said Kolstar’s win had a lot of merit.
“She jumped awkwardly and nearly dumped rider Paul Hammersley at the start and as a result settled five lengths from the second to last horse.
“We had planned to ride her quietly and make a run down the outer but the plan wasn’t to give them quite that sort of start.
“However, to her credit she travelled well and was strong late and ended up with an authoritative win,” said Grant Morgan.
An $80,000 purchase by Ontrack from the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Kolstar is a daughter of the speedy Flying Spur mare Okaylah.
“Okaylah was a winner at 1100 and 1200 metres and was actually second to talented two-year-old Hips Don’t Lie in a listed race at Flemington at her first start.
“This filly is really not bred to stay but she’s always looked like she would appreciate a trip and trainer David Vandyke has done a fantastic job to get her to win over 1800 metres in her first racing preparation.
“She’s the first runner we have had from David’s stable and it was good to get a win on the board,” said Grant Morgan.
Successful trainer David Vandyke capped a great day at the Gold Coast Turf Club by winning later in the day with Bargannon giving him a 100% winning strike rate for the day.
“Kolstar has done well to get a middle distance win at only her fourth start and she’s been a filly that has always looked like the further she goes the better she will be.
“Even when she was winning on Saturday, she did a few things wrong and when she got to the front she got a bit lost and didn’t really know how to put the race away.
“These are things that only come with a bit of time and race experience and her last 50 metres were the best of the race and she flattened out and hit the line nicely.
“We will look for a 2000 metres race with her in the next few weeks and I think time and a bit more ringcraft will suit her,” said David Vandyke.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 Syndicate, Simon Lang, Hans Katala, Obes Nobodies Syndicate (Manager Gavin O’Brien), Brian Cadusch, Stephen Carroll, Ken and Val Walker, Joe and Natasha Mildren, Barry Muller, Chris Shaw, Dianne Linnane, David Preston, David Vandyke, David and Sue Worthley, Judy Bandidt, Marian Linnane, Merry Mathews, Phillip Madden, Sam and Mel Mayer, Yvonne Bowen