Brian Smith’s The Metropolitan Handicap-bound Kingdoms has opened short priced favourite to win the 2014 Tattersall’s Mile at Doomben Racecourse this weekend.
Out to retain their undefeated status for their new trainer, the former Sydney-trained son of High Chaparral is one of 13 gallopers making up the field for Saturday’s $80,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile (1600m).
The handicap clash runs as Doomben Race 7 at 3:45pm and features three from Smith’s Eagle Farm stables.
Leading the Tattersall’s Mile odds at a firm price of $2.50 is rising five-year-old Kingdoms who has come up trumps with the inside alley.
They did it from the outside barrier (12) in their first-up run last start over the same distance when Larry Cassidy, retaining the ride this weekend, rode them to a one and a quarter length victory over Hi Son in Eagle Farm’s Listed Open Mile (1600m) on June 21.
Not having raced for eight months prior to that, Kingdoms was transferred from John O’Shea to Smith by their trainers and could develop into a potential 2014 Melbourne Cup horse this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Before their Melbourne Cup claims are declared however Smith plans to target them towards a second shot at the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney in early October.
They ran 10th in the race last year but do have form over the distance when third in the 2013 Australian Derby behind It’s A Dundeel.
Following Kingdoms in the Tattersall’s Mile betting markets for this weekend meanwhile are then three other single figure fancies.
Second best at $4.40 is Transporter in barrier six with Jim Byrne to ride on 58kg.
John Thompson’s Commands six-year-old won the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm two back by a big two and a half lengths over Choice Bro before a disappointing ninth over the same track and distance in the Open Mile last time out that they’ll be looking to atone for on the weekend.
The others under $10 to win are then Smith’s New Zealand import Jetset Lad ($7) and Black Cash ($9).
Drawn in barrier two with apprentice jockey Anthony Allen in the saddle, six-year-old Jetset Lad comes off three fourth place finishes the most recent two being on Aussie soil in the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich and then the Glasshouse Handicap on the Sunshine Coast a fortnight ago.
Black Cash has a double digit draw (11) to overcome, the Gold Coast-based son of Show A Heart also coming via the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) from June 28 where they went one better than Jetset Lad running third behind Alma’s Fury.
Just outside of those at $10 is then the early Tattersall’s Mile market mover Vandalised who has won five of their six runs this year.
Jamie Mcconachy’s Rockhampton-based son of Flying Spur has been killing the mile races back home including their Rockhampton Cup win last time out on June 21 and will be stepped up in class in the big city this weekend.
Their only 2014 loss was at Eagle Farm on April 5 but they were far from disgraced in the Class 6 plate over 1400m when one and three quarter lengths away fourth behind the winner Kentucky Woman.
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