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El Soldado Wins Gr2 Avondale Cup
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Longspring Stud's beautifully bred stallion Colombia (Zabeel-Eight Carat, by Pieces Of Eight) added a Group success when 10YO gelding El Soldado (Colombia-Zo'al, by Norman Pentaquad) scored by a neck for trainer Phillip Devcich in the $100,000 Gr2 Avondale Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Megablast (Shinko King-Thirst, by Desert Sun) & 6YO gelding Mister Impatience (Hernando-Katy Nowaitee, by Komaite). Not for the first time, El Soldado produced a major form reversal at Ellerslie to have his part-owner and trainer Phillip Devcich eyeing another feature race upset, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 10-year-old was at odds of 68-1 when he led all of the way to shock his staying rivals in the Gr2 Avondale Cup on Saturday. His performance showed he was no forlorn hope to go back-to-back in the Gr1 Auckland Cup after causing a boil-over 12 months ago when he was at better than 120-1. El Soldado improved his record to 8 wins (Gr1 Auckland Cup) and 13 placings from 74 starts for NZ$600,150 earnings.