Romantic Wins Colonial Cup Steeplechase

Arch Kingsley rode Timber Bay Farm's Romantic to a 1 1/4-length victory over Campanile on Sunday in the $100,000 Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) run at Springdale Race Course. Kingsley brought the 8-year-old gelding home in 5:19.1 over the 2 3/4-mile, 17-fence course, well off the 5:07 record time set by Ninepins last year.

All Gong, who won last month's $250,000 Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase (NSA-I), was third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Campanile. Assurance was fourth after leading the eight-horse field through 15 fences. Assurance held the lead until the field headed into the final turn. Romantic made his charge as the pack approached the 15th fence. He then pulled to the front at the 16th and kept the lead.

The victory was Romantic's first in a Grade I chase this year. It gave Kingsley his second straight Colonial Cup win and his third in a Grade I chase in Camden. Kingsley, 28, was scheduled to be aboard defending champion Ninepins, who was scratched from the original field of 10 entries.

The win was the ninth in 34 career races for Romantic, (The Cool Virginian--Romanissimo, by Double Zeus) and his eighth in 30 races over jumps. Romantic is trained by Jonathan E. Sheppard.