Splash Cola impresses after early mistake

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 19/05/2014

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Three-year-old filly Splash Cola livened up the first half of Saturday's Invercargill harness programme with an impressive win.

Her supporters had reason to be worried at the 1900m mark, when she broke briefly.

The mistake came after she lost 30m with a slow start.

Splash Cola gradually worked back into contention, challenged wide on the home turn and cruised past her maiden rivals to win easily in the Bluff Raceday - June 2 Trot.

Splash Cola, owned by her Redan breeder Ian Hunter, was broken in by Bryleigh Stud owner Keith Norman and arrived at Nathan Williamson's Ryal Bush stable two years ago.

A split hoof, a cough and colds had interrupted her preparations this season, Hunter said.

Splash Cola was having her first start on Saturday after two wins and a second at trials and a workout win.

The Sundon trotter is out of Delcola, who won six races and holds two Wyndham track records.

Her first foal, a filly by Sundon, was born dead and Splash Cola is the second foal.

A 2-year-old Sundon filly and a Majestic Son yearling filly are other progeny from Delcola.

Splash Cola being born with a distinctive white patch high up on her off hind leg surprised Hunter because there is no relative with similar markings.

''I was hoping it wasn't [from] the teaser,'' Hunter joked about the teaser and not Sundon being mated with Delcola. Blood-typing showed everthing was right.''

Stud farms have teasers, who are usually male ponies put in front of broodmares to excite them and see if they are in season.

Teasers are not bred with mares.

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