Returning from a long spell and having his first start for a new trainer, three year-old colt Kingdoms (3c High Chaparral x A Real Princess, by O’Reilly) stamped himself as a potential autumn carnival contender with a stylish victory at the ATC meeting at Kembla on Wednesday.
Partnered by Tommy Berry, the John O’Shea trained Kingdoms surged home late to snatch victory in the 1400 metre maiden at just his second start.
He travelled midfield and made ground along the inside of runners and despite racing greenly, Kingdoms makes obvious appeal as a staying type of the future.
“I was going to nominate him for a 1600 metre maiden at Wyong next week, but we’ll have to scratch that plan now,” said O’Shea.
“He’s just a young colt that I ultimately think will end up in a very nice staying race of 2000 metres or further.”
Kingdoms finished eighth at his only previous outing in July last year before being switched from Bart Cummings to O’Shea.
It was 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.
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.
High Chaparral stood in Australia for Coolmore in 2010, so has large drafts of yearlings in upcoming sales with 28 for Inglis Premier and 38 for Inglis Easter.
He later made it a race to race double at Kembla when his Geemeup (5m High Chaparral x Landara, by Kreisler) scored her sixth win from 15 starts, the last two coming in the past four days as she also won at Rosehill on Saturday.