Not only did Coachella carry 62 kgs in the Pinnacle Plate 105 at Borrowdale Park on Friday – and win – the six-year-old Alado (GB) gelding smashed the course and class records. His time over the 1100m trip was 62.39 seconds.
Life Is Good previously held the Course Record – 62.99 carrying 58kgs. In November 2013 Two Buck Chuck set the Class Record – 64.99 with 50 kgs.
Coachella is trained by Bridget Stidolph and Norbert Takawira was in the irons.
Owner John Koumides had the added distinction of having two horses in his colours duelling up the straight before Coachella pulled away to win. What A Dandy (Derere) came second, followed by Christofle (Nyamagwete) then Clash City Rocker (Sibanda). Coachella was bred by Professor I M Sanne.
Photograph by Andrew Philip.