The now locally trained Brisbane stayer Kingdoms will shoot for back-to-back mile wins this weekend lining up from barrier one in Saturday’s Tattersall’s Mile 2014 at Doomben Racecourse.
This year’s $80,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1600m) has drawn a final field of 13 hopefuls with Kingdoms looking one of the top chances.
From the inside alley the High Chaparral four-year-old will be ridden by Larry Cassidy in their second run of the year.
Previously prepared by John O’Shea in Sydney who trained them for one stakes win, the gelding returned from an eight month break from racing to train in Queensland with Brian Smith.
They debuted for their new trainer on June 21 at Eagle Farm and, from the outside barrier (12) with Cassidy aboard, enjoyed a tidy one and a quarter length win over Hi Son in the Listed Mercedes Benz Centenary Mile (1600m).
They face a similar class of rivals over the same distance but at the tighter Doomben track then on Saturday, and go up three kilos to 57.5kg.
The form of their previous start however is highly rated with the fifth placed Queenstown hot favourite to win the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) on Thursday.
Along with Kingdoms Smith has also accepted for two other Tattersall’s Mile hopes on the weekend.
He withdrew Grey Assignment from the Grafton Cup field in favour of a run in this where the Refuse To Bend seven-year-old has come up trumps with barrier three.
They come off a nice third behind Brave Ali in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) too and have a kilo less with 55.5kg here than their weight that day.
Smith’s third runner is then Jetset Lad drawn one closer to the rail with barrier two.
Getting in on the 54kg minimum the Elusive City gelding has run fourth in their three most recent starts.
The Kiwi expat ran fourth over the mile back in New Zealand in May before a trip across the Tasman to Ipswich when fourth to Alma’s Fury in the Eye Liner stakes and then fourth to the same horse at Caloundra in the Eye Liner a fortnight ago.
Top weight of Saturday’s Tattersall’s Mile field meanwhile is the Kelso Wood-trained Belltone (59kg) who comes off a string of disappointing Queensland Winter Racing Carnival runs including their 13th to Alma’s Fury on June 28 at the Sunshine Coast in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m).
They are followed on 58kg by John Thompson’s Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) winner from last month Transporter out to improve on their ninth behind Kingdoms last start.
Along with Kingdoms the only other last start winner in the Tattersall’s Mile field this year is Jamie McConach’s flying Rockhampton galloper Vandalised.
Drawn ideally in barrier four the Flying Spur five-year-old boasts a top recent record having won eight of their past nine runs including their past four on the trot.
They shoot for their fifth straight then in the Tattersall’s Mile going up in class with their first visit to the big city since the start of April.
They are a mile specialist however with three wins from six starts over the distance, including their three most recent efforts at home.
Vandalised has also won twice at Doomben and were far from disgraced when they last ran in Brisbane finishing one and a half lengths away fourth over 1400m at Eagle Farm on April 5.
Other notable Tattersall’s Mile hopes for the weekend then include the Kelly Doughty-trained Black Cash (barrier 11) coming off a Glasshouse Handicap third, Group 2 New Zealand winner Lauren Tate (barrier seven) and the Robert Heathcote-trained Veewap (barrier eight) coming off a fourth over the distance at Rockhampten behind Vandalised.
The full Tattersall’s Mile 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights are listed below.
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2014 Tattersall’s Mile Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben Race 7 (3:45pm) – 12/07/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||92017×4000||BELLTONE||Kelso Wood||Michael Cahill||13||59kg||101|
|2||0809×80419||TRANSPORTER||John P Thompson||Jim Byrne||6||58kg||99|
|3||33x06017x1||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||Larry Cassidy||1||57.5kg||98|
|4||315×970377||WINNING GLORY (NZ)||Wayne Baker||Andrew Spinks||9||56kg||95|
|5||177×067603||GREY ASSIGNMENT||Brian Smith||Vinnie Colgan||3||55.5kg||94|
|6||41636×9403||BLACK CASH||Kelly Doughty||Geoffrey Goold (a)||11||54.5kg||92|
|7||4×14514762||LAUREN TATE (NZ)||John Morell||Damian Browne||7||54kg||94|
|8||x000x00444||JETSET LAD (NZ)||Brian Smith||Anthony Allen (a)||2||54kg||91|
|9||111×141111||VANDALISED||Jamie McConachy||Brad Stewart||4||54kg||89|
|10||0508×53354||VEEWAP||Robert Heathcote||Timothy Bell||8||54kg||88|
|11||17938648×0||BOREHOLE||David J Lawlor||Rikki Jamieson (a)||10||54kg||86|
|12||313×485145||BEWHATYOUWANNABE||Robert Heathcote||Glen Colless||5||54kg||82|
|13||3560143087||ARMS LENGTH||Noel J Doyle||–||12||54kg||73|