Son Of Australia Excites With Maiden Victory
Epsom Derby entrant Bangkok (3c Australia - Tanaghum, by Darshaan) went some way to justifying connection’s lofty ambitions when winning his maiden in taking style at Doncaster on Saturday.
Having shown great promise in his two-year-old starts, the Andrew Balding-trained colt was sent off the even-money favourite on his seasonal return and his first run over ten furlongs. Ridden prominently in a field of 17 by Silvestra de Souza, the bay made good headway to lead three furlongs from home and kept on strongly as Telecaster did his best to assume the advantage. The pair drew clear of the field, with Bangkok prevailing by a length and a quarter on the line, the front pair finishing nine lengths clear of the third horse.
Balding said after the race, “Bangkok is a really nice horse and we've always thought a lot of him. He's still babyish and that was a step on the right direction.” Owned by King Power Racing, the winner was purchased by Sackville Donald for 500,000gns at the Tattersalls Book 1 Sale from breeder Barronstown Stud.