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Forgotten second favourite in Saturday’s WA Guineas 2011 at Ascot Racecourse, the Trevor Andrews-trained King Saul claimed an impressive victory in the Railway Stakes Day feature continuing the dream of running in next month’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic.
A three-year-old son of Flying Pegasus, King Saul was installed as the $4.40 second elect in the Luxbet markets for the $350,000 Group 2 Sky Racing WA Guineas (1600m) after their fourth to favourite Ron’s Call in the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) last start.
On Saturday, however, King Saul proved too good for all their rivals in the WA Guineas romping home with ace hoop Craig Williams, who later saluted in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) with champion mare Ortensia, aboard to beat home $26 roughie Caiguna by three quarters of a length.
David Harrison’s in-form filly Red Hot Sax finished off the winning WA Guineas trifecta the same margin away again, both the runner-up and third placegetter to be spelled after their brave performances.
Odds-on favourite Ron’s Call ($1.80) was the disappointment of the day as they only managed to finishing five and three quarter lengths away ninth in the WA Guineas result.
Boom Magic Albert gelding Ron’s Call came into the WA Guineas on the back of four straight wins, their trainer Simon Miller saying they would be sent straight to the spelling paddock after Saturday’s failure that he in part blamed on the blistering hot weather in Perth over the weekend.
“It could have been everything – the heat and the big crowd,” Miller said.
“He was absolutely off his feet after the race.
“He was slow to recover, had a heart rate through the roof and it was still elevated well after.
“He was flat this morning (Monday) and that’s always my concern with him – his mental state.
“The engine’s there, he just needs to furnish into a finished product.
“We’ll do the right thing and put him out now.”
WA Guineas winner King Saul, purchased for $120,000 at last year’s Perth Magic Millions yearling sale, has now won three of their four career starts earning over $336,000 in prize money.
The WA Guineas victory was Andrews’ third success in the classic following on from The Right Money (2002) and Vain Crusader (2006).
Both trainer and majority owner, Craig Thompson, agreed that King Saul was shaping up as a very nice prospect for the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) back at Ascot on December 3.
“He’s got plenty of scope and it’s onwards to the Kingston Town,” Thompson said.
In the updated Kingston Town Classic odds at Luxbet, which are now led by Saturday’s Railway Stakes winner Luckygray at a quote of $2.80, King Saul is rated a $6 chance equal with He’s Remarkable who was first over the line in the Railway but regulated to second upon protest.
Beaten Railway Stakes favourite Ranger, who finished sixth in Saturday’s $1 million showdown, occupies the second line of Kingston Town Classic betting at $4.60.
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2011 WA Guineas Results & Finishing Order
Ascot Race 7 – 19/11/2011
|1||2||KING SAUL||Trevor Andrews||Craig Williams||–||10||56kg||$4.40|
|2||14||CAIGUNA||Fred Kersley||Shaun Mc Gruddy||0.75L||3||54kg||$26|
|3||9||RED HOT SAX||David Harrison||Shaun O’Donnell||1.5L||1||54kg||$8|
|4||13||NINGALOO BLITZ||Daniel Morton||Troy Turner||1.5L||8||54kg||$51|
|5||3||FORT COURAGE||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||2L||9||56kg||$41|
|6||8||FIRST FLIGHT||Graham Yuill||Ms Kyra Yuill (a)||2.5L||5||56kg||$26|
|7||11||ALMACHINO||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||2.75L||11||54kg||$26|
|8||6||LORD HATRAS||Mike Storer||Paul Harvey||5.25L||2||56kg||$26|
|9||1||RON’S CALL||Simon A Miller||Peter Knuckey||5.75L||7||56kg||$1.80F|
|10||5||SHADY BET||Neville Parnham||Jason Brown||6.5L||4||56kg||$41|
|11||7||INDEPENDENT MAK||Julie Clements||Kerrin McEvoy||7.25L||13||56kg||$101|
|12||4||SHINING KNIGHT||Grant Williams||William Pike||7.5L||6||56kg||$6|
|13||10||SINGLE SPICE||Simon A Miller||Patrick Carbery||8.5L||12||54kg||$41|
|–||12||PATTIE ME LASS||Dennis Ramsay||–||–||0||–||–|
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