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The Colonel salutes at Randwick

High-priced yearling sale purchase Colonel (by Snitzel) broke through for his first career win when comfortably leading from start to finish in the four-runner $50,000, Josh Howe Big Sports Breakfast Plate (1100m) on the midweek Randwick-Kensington program in Sydney.

Bought for $900,000 as a yearling by James Harron Bloodstock, Colonel went to post only the third favoured at $4.40 but was in command at virtually every stage of the race under a typically forceful Nash Rawiller ride.

Colonel ultimately defeated odds-on favourite Oh Say (by Starspangledbanner) by three lengths, with Tycoonist (by Written Tycoon) coming in third of the four runners.

Illustrating the depth of competition in the Sydney 3-year-old ranks these days is the fact that not only did the winner Colonel cost $900K as a yearling, but the minor placegetter Tycoonist also fetched $750,000 when put through the sales ring last year.

At his previous outing, Colonel had finished third in a CG&E Maiden Plate (1200m) at Kembla Grange behind Born A Warrior and Prince Invincible — two equally expensive sons of I Am Invincible.

Four-year-old Born A Warrior brought no less than $1.4 million when offered as a yearling in 2018, while the 3-year-old runner-up Prince Invincible was secured with a final bid of $580,000 in 2019.

Colonel ran 1m04.06s in opening up his winning account at Randwick-Kensington, running home the final 600m in 34.43s.

Official margins on the first of the day in Sydney were 3L x Half Head.

Starting prices were Colonel $4.40, Oh Say $1.80 fav, and Tycoonist $3.50. 

Billy Bets finished fourth of four at $26.00.

Josh Howe Big Sports Breakfast Plate, photo finish picture ATC

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