King’s Troop transfers to Oakland Park

Redoute’s Choice stallion King’s Troop has been transferred to Neville Duncan’s Oakland Park Stud at North Jindong..

The three-quarter brother to Snitzel is owned by Gangemi Racing and his first yearlings will be catalogued for the 2020 Perth Magic Millions.

“Oakland Park is the breeding ground of some of the greats including Northerly and Marasco!” Gangemi Racing posted on Facebook.  “Enquiries have been strong so get in early and book your mare.”

King’s Troop represents a sireline steeped in 2yo speed and he demonstrated that precocity in an early juvenile trial at Rosehill.  He spaced them by 7 lengths for trainer Gerald Ryan who also prepared Snitzel to a Group 1 win in the 2006 Oakleigh Plate.

“I’ve got a fair bit of time for this colt,” Ryan said.  “I think he will develop into a pretty handy sprinter.”

King’s Troop started a $2.20 favourite on debut in the Bob Ingham Hcp (1100m) and looked home on a Heavy 9 at Rosehill until run down late by Japonisme.  In hindsight, it was a top effort considering the winner subsequently scored a Group 1 victory in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Ryan sent King’s Troop to Warwick Farm second-up for firmer footing and a trip away to the TAB Multi Hcp (1100m).  “I want to see him on top of the ground,” Ryan explained.  “And taking him away to Warwick Farm is all part of the learning curve.”

Wearing the Arrowfield Stud silks, he jumped well and took up the running before accelerating in the straight.  Jockey Brenton Avdulla switched the whip to his left hand, and one strike was all the colt needed to hit top gear and stride away for an easy three length win.

He clocked a quick 63.98s under topweight of 59kg which earned the following quote from Timeform:

“Improved off debut run and, on what he has shown to date, looks Group standard with plenty more improvement to come.”

King’s Troop backed up a week later and crossed swords with Japonisme again in the G3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.  He shook off G1 Golden Slipper winner Vancouver in the straight and stretched Japonisme to the limit while going down a half-length.

Ryan took him to Queensland for the Magic Millions Sprint but he wasn’t quite right that summer and the trainer admitted things didn’t pan out during the autumn carnival in Sydney.  Arrowfield sold him to Michael Gangemi snr, however, injuries curtailed his career to a couple of starts in Perth.

King’s Troop joins Sessions on the Oakland Park roster this year.

Sessions (Lonhro) sired very impressive debut winner Massimo at Belmont on Saturday.  The Oakland Park homebred was heavily backed from $4.20 into $2.90 and rewarded favourite punters with a half-length victory in the TABTouch Plate (1000m).

Oakland Park races Massimo in partnership with trainer Adam Durrant’s sister Renee and he’s bred to be good as half-brother to the dam of G1 Golden Rose winner Exosphere (Lonhro).  “He’s shown plenty of ability for Adam and we’ve been sitting on a few others by Sessions,” Duncan revealed on Monday.  “They will only get better as they mature at three.”

Among them are his first winner Comes A Time, Gotta Motor, Chatter Session and Boomtastic.

Sessions stands for a $5,000 (plus GST) service fee and King’s Troop is available for $2,750 (plus GST) at Oakland Park.  For further details, call Neville Duncan on 0417 200 097.