A heady ride from Vinnie Colgan led to one of the widest winning margins seen in a flat race for years as Touch Of Silver left his rivals standing in the Van Dyks Furnishing 2200 at Rotorua today.
Colgan sent the four-year-old straight to the front to lead the field by two or three lengths with a round to go in the Rating 65 race and the further they went the more their lead extended.
With 800 metres to run it was obvious that the 20-to-one shot was unstoppable and the procession continued all the way to line with an official winning margin of 14 and a half lengths.
Winning co-trainer Michael Rogers was as taken aback as anyone by his horse’s dominant performance, not knowing beforehand whether Touch Of Silver would handle the track saturated by rain that had shown no relenting from the start of the day.
“I said to Vinnie that I wasn’t sure if he would handle it, but he certainly did,” Rogers told www.theinformant.co.nz. “Most of his form has been on good ground but you couldn’t argue that he didn’t handle that.”
Colgan, sporting the only clean face and colours after his all-the-way romp, said it was simply a matter of being on the right horse and in the right place.
“He was travelling all the way and I didn’t have any idea of where the rest of them were, he just rolled along under his own steam,” Colgan said.
“In those conditions it’s a big advantage having no kick-back while all the others are copping it. I can’t recall ever winning by that much – they’re never that easy.”