He’s the one again

Cambridge trifecta: Koenigsegg One (Vinnie Colgan) charging down the outside to beat Shot In The Dark and Neala (inner) at Rotorua.

Cambridge trifecta: Koenigsegg One (Vinnie Colgan) charging down the outside to beat Shot In The Dark and Neala (inner) at Rotorua.

Koenigsegg One wasn’t a match for the top three-year-olds in his first black-type test, but trainer Tony Pike has taken the blame for that failure.

The promising gelding was unplaced behind Xtravagant in last month’s Gr. 3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes, but atoned with a smart win in the Taumarunui Gold Cup 30th July 1400 at today’s Rotorua meeting.

“In hindsight, I shouldn’t have run him at Te Rapa from the wide gate,” said Pike. “He got caught three deep and copped a couple of checks and was never in it.”

The lightly-tried Koenigsegg One has now furthered his record to two wins from four starts after breaking his maiden in effortless fashion at Ellerslie last January.

“He’s a nice, progressive horse and I’ll have a chat with the owner about whether we give him one more run or turn him out and then get him ready for the spring,” said Pike.

The Hong Kong-owned Koenigsegg One settled midfield before he improved wide near the turn and finished resolutely in the hands of Vinnie Colgan to lead home a Cambridge trifecta, downing Shot In The Dark and Neala, who had sprinted clear on straightening.

“The track was a bit of a question mark, but he had trialled up well on a soft track and the progeny of Swiss Ace generally handle some cut in the ground,” said Pike.

“He had a bit of trouble on the turn, but once he was balanced in the straight he did it nicely.”

– NZ Racing Desk.