Holy Kingdom toughs it out at HQ
HOLY Kingdom made it two wins in as many starts this season when taking the concluding 1m6f handicap at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon.
Owned by the Rogues Gallery, the son of Australia was rewarded the race in the stewards' room having gone down by a nose to Volcanic Sky. Watching it live, you could see that the winner had pushed Holy Kingdom some way accross the track and had this not been the case, he would have been in front at the line.
The race was run and a stop-start gallop with jockey Dane O'Neill settling Holy Kingdom in the midfield.The leader Brandon Castle went a long way clear as they entered the straight making it difficult the for jockeys in behind to judge when to make their challenge.
Both Cieren Fallon (Volcanic Sky) and Dane went in pursuit and soon had the pacesetters measure. As they battled out the final furlong between them, it was obvious that Fallon's mount was hanging accross the track, impeding Holy Kingdom and as they passed the line in unison we were hopefully of a victory whichever way the photo was called.
Tom said: "It was a good weight-carrying performance. The race had an ugly complexion to it which really didn't suit Holy Kingdom who is a strong traveller who needs a fast pace to aim at. That said he has toughed it out and was definitely the best horse on the day.
"It is only 15 days since his last win here and I'd say we'll freshen him up now and he deserves a crack at a bigger handicap later in July. He is a lovely, improving horse who is on an upward curve."
We have no runners until Wednesday this week but will be headed up to Tattersalls to watch the two-year-olds breeze prior to being sold on Thursday.