Randwick trainer John O’Shea is looking forward to seeing Kingdoms over a genuine staying trip this Saturday when he lines up in the Group 1 $1.5 million 2013 Australian Derby (2400m).
The three-year-0ld was hardly disgraced when fourth in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) last start and O’Shea is confident he can improve with an extra 400m to work this weekend.
“We feel he’s a really strong stayer, a genuine stayer who will run out a strong mile and a half,” O’Shea said at Tuesday’s Derby barrier draw.
But Kingdoms faces a daunting task this weekend when he will again face off with convincing Rosehill Guineas winner It’s A Dundeel who is set to start an odds-on favourite.
O’Shea admits to disappointment at the scratching of natural leader Fiveandahalfstar who he believed would have set a beneficial tempo for his charge.
“He’s a much better horse ridden quietly and that’s how he will be ridden on Saturday,” he said.
By High Chaparral, the same horse who sired It’s A Dundeel, Kingdoms is only new on the racing scene.
The emerging stayer debuted with an eighth-place finish at Warwick Farm in July but that was the only start of that campaign.
Kingdoms returned in February with a first-up win at Kembla Grange before winning a Benchmark 67 at Canterbury.
He has been unplaced since, finishing sixth in a BM75 at Canterbury as his final lead-up to the Rosehill Guineas.
The withdrawal of Fiveandahalfstar has It’s A Dundeel in the box seat to complete Sydney’s 3YO triple crown.
Others lining up to take on the star New Zealander are Tulloch Stakes winner Philippi, Peter Gelagotis’ well-regarded stayer Hvasstan and David Hayes-trained pair Gerontius and Bass Strait.
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