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Kelly to gauge The Kingdom's future in Gold Coast return

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Les Kelly hopes to get a clearer picture of future race plans for promising galloper The Kingdom after the gelding makes his comeback at the Gold Coast on Friday.

The Kingdom resumes after a short break in the Benchmark 80 Handicap over 1400m and Kelly expects a bold showing at his first start since winning a Class Six over 1830 metres at Eagle Farm on March 7.  

The Kingdom has won seven of his 19 starts and emerged as one of the State’s most promising staying prospects last campaign, winning four consecutive races.

I want to see how he comes up before looking too far ahead but the spring races are in the back of my mind.

“He only had three weeks in the paddock after his last win and he’s been in work seven weeks,” Kelly said.

“He had a barrier trial when he ran third over 1000 metres at the Gold Coast last month and he got to the line well after coming from last.

“He’s a promising stayer getting ready for longer races but I haven’t decided what races to aim for just yet until after he runs on Friday.”

Kelly said he was in no rush with The Kingdom this winter and a spring campaign was a possibility.

“I want to see how he comes up before looking too far ahead but the spring races are in the back of my mind,” he said.

Eagle Farm

EVENTS @ BRC Class 6 Handicap 1830m

Kelly also expects strong performances from stablemates Boom Chicka Boom in the Open Handicap (900m) and Take Tea who resumes in the Benchmark 75 Handicap (1200m).

Boom Chicka Boom is racing in career best form with two wins from his past four starts including a narrow win over the Team Edmonds-trained Usmanov over 900 metres at the Gold Coast last month.

“Boom Chicka Boom is flying and I can’t fault his form,” Kelly said.

“He’s a 900-metre specialist and he’s not just a Gold Coast horse as he’s won at Eagle Farm and Doomben."

Boom Chicka Boom has paid the penalty for his recent form rising three kilograms to 60kgs and meets Usmanov (57.5kgs) worse off at the weights.

Kelly has high hopes Take Tea can measure up to better races this campaign when she starts for the first time since finishing fourth to Baroda against her own age at Eagle Farm on February 1.

“She’s coming along well but I’m expecting her to get over more ground this campaign,” he said.

“She’s only a Class 3 horse and there’s a lot of options with her.

“It’s a good field she’s in but I’m expecting her to be very competitive.”

Racing Queensland webnews - May 20

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Boom Chicka Boom
Take Tea

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