Coyle keeps up impressive strike rate in town
Anthony Cummings may be training the bulk of Nathan Tinkler’s expensive thoroughbreds but Jason Coyle’s strike rate must be impressing the Patinack Farm boss.
The young Newcastle trainer has had two Sydney runners for Tinkler in eight days for a perfect score with Kirra Sand adding to Rollins’ Randwick victory when she won at Canterbury.
The winner of a Group Three race in New Zealand, the mare carried 60kg topweight in the Canterbury Park Event Centre Hcp (1550m) with Nash Rawiller aboard.
Rawiller settled Kirra Sand ($6) back in the field and bided his time before making his run in the straight.
Favourite Future’s Dream ($4) also came from well back with the pair making their runs together.
Kirra Sand prevailed in a tight finish by a short half-head over Future’s Dream with Blackbriar ($5) another half-head away third.
“I’m two for two in Sydney for Patinack now,” Coyle said.
“It’s going great and Nathan Tinkler has supported me. I have about twelve in work for him at the moment.
“This horse will be going to the Belle Of The Turf at Gosford in a couple of weeks while Rollins will run at Port Macquarie on Friday.”
The trainer had a few anxious moments when Dan Nikolic on Future’s Dream asked to see the stewards’ film of the last 200 metres believing Kirra Sand may have shifted in on him but agreed it was a horse coming out which had inconvenienced his mount.
Tinkler bought Kirra Sand in June as a potential broodmare and she will more than likely go to stud later this month.
Coyle is one of several trainers outside Cummings that Tinkler uses and his team was bolstered by horses sent south from the Gold Coast as Patinack consolidated its interests.
Tinkler is believed to have spent in the vicinity of $150 million in the past year on his thoroughbred investments which include stud farms in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Another man who has spent a fortune on racing is Gerry Harvey, the owner of the Greg Hickman-trained debutante Mylitta who pulled off a concerted betting plunge in the Hyland Race Colours Hcp (1250m).
After opening at $6 the filly eased to $9.50 before being crunched late to start the $4.60 favourite and she delivered to beat Grand Lady ($12) by a neck.
She ran 1:14.92 for the distance and the slow pace was emphasised a race later when Northern Meteor ran more than two seconds faster to win the Grand Pavilion Maiden in a course record 1:12.47.
Trained by Gai Waterhouse and owned by Eduardo Conjuangco’s Gooree Syndicate, Northern Meteor shared the lead with Poised to the turn but took control of the race in the straight to beat Pinwheel by 4-1/4 lengths.
By Caryl Williamson