Run over 3200m on March 12, 2016 at Ellerslie
Trainer: P Devcich
Jockey: D G Bradley
Track Conditions: Good(3)
Race Club: ARC
Then came: Rose of Virginia, Sacred Master, Pentathlon, Apache Fireworks, King Kamada, Sampson, El Pistola, Smedley, Benzini, Storming the Tower, Show the World, Guarantor, Decorah, Mister Impatience, Cheeky Boy,
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Longspring Stud's beautifully bred stallion Colombia (Zabeel-Eight Carat, by Pieces Of Eight) celebrated an elite success when 9YO gelding El Soldado (Colombia-Zo'al, by Norman Pentaquad) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Phillip Devcich in the NZ$500,000 Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, over 6YO mare Rose Of Virginia (Thorn Park-Centapin, by Pins) & 4YO gelding Sacred Master (Mastercraftsman-Trickle, by Storm Creek). El Soldado took his record to 7 wins and 13 placings from 68 starts for NZ$538,800 earnings. The veteran galloper made it fourth time lucky in the Auckland Cup when scoring a shock victory at the huge odds of 125-1. "This is the one we set him for and he peaked on the right day," trainer Phillip Devcich told NZ Racing Desk. "I told Darryl [jockey Darryl Bradley] that he would outstay them and that's what he's done. To win a Group One is unbelievable."