Third in the Group I ATC Australian Derby back in the autumn, progressive four year-old Kingdoms (4g High Chaparral x A Real Princess, by O’Reilly) has taken a while to hit his stride this preparation, but did so at Randwick on Saturday to score a tenacious win in the Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup.
Ridden by Jay Ford, the John O’Shea trained son of High Chaparral was ridden forward in contrast to his previous runs and appreciated the change in tactics to lead throughout and take the 2400 metre staying test by a head.
“It was always our intention to roll forward,” said O’Shea.
“He’s still a bit wayward, but is a talented horse as he’s done a bit wrong today and still won.”
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 two races and placed three times from 11 starts earning in excess of $278,000.
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 the 48th stakes-winner for top class sire High Chaparral.