Placed in a Group I ATC Australian Derby, talented gelding Kingdoms (4g High Chaparral x A Real Princess, by O’Reilly) has always shown a touch of class and produced exactly that to win the Listed BRC Mercedes Benz Centenary Mile at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Having his first run back from a spell and first run for new trainer Brian Smith, Kingdoms was unwanted by punters, but unleashed a big finishing burst to zoom home and win the 1600 metre feature by more than a length for Larry Cassidy.
A Listed winner at Randwick during the spring over 2400 metres for the John O’Shea stable, Kingdoms will be even better suited over further and looks poised to win some nice races for his new trainer.
Kingdoms started his career with Bart Cummings who purchased the colt as a yearling on behalf of clients, paying $470,000 for Kingdoms when securing him from the draft of Seaton Park at the 2011 NZB Premier Yearling Sale.
Kingdoms has now won three races and placed three times from 13 starts earning $349,580.
An athletic bay that is very typical of the High Chaparral breed, Kingdoms is the first winner for blue-blooded O’Reilly mare A Real Princess, a winning sibling to Group I winner Marju Snip, Group II winner Do Ra Mi and HK stakes-winner Unique Jewellery.
A Real Princess is also a grand-daughter of Group I AJC Australian Oaks winner Candide, the dam of Group I MRC Blue Diamond winner and sire Nadeem.
Kingdoms is one of 56 stakes-winners for High Chaparral, who featured at Royal Ascot earlier this week when his high class son Toronado took the Group I Queen Anne stakes at a mile.
High Chaparral stands in Australia this spring at a fee of $60,500 alongside his 10-time Group I winning son So You Think at $55,000.