Photograph by Zimbabwe Equine News

Coachella has won 8 eight races from 1000 to 1260 m including the 2017 HRIB Gold Cup (carrying 61 kgs).

In the 2018 HRIB he carried 63 kgs and finished only 1.5 lengths off Twilight Trip – Road To Dubai (52 kgs) was second.  The winner was also set to carry 52 but had claiming apprentice Liam Tarentaal on board that day

In the 2019 Gold Cup Coachella was just touched off by Verdier (receiving 11 kgs) and Friday’s runners Silver Coin and What A Dandy were further back.

The Gold Cup is over 1200m, but Friday’s 1100m Pinnacle Plate at Borrowdale Park should suit Coachella (62kgs) very well. He has won four times over this trip and will be back up the straight for the first time since the Gold Cup outing in December 2019.  With the outside draw, I expect this six-year-old Alado (GB) gelding will be hard to beat despite carrying top weight – again.

Coachella is trained by Bridget Stidolph, and this time Norbert Takawire has the ride. Morgan Nyamagwete is on stable companion Christofle  (54kgs) – also no slouch over 1100m.  Silver Coin, What A Dandy and Clash City Rocker all have some claims to sprinting fame, but…

Go for it Coachella.

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