History Beckons For Waller’s Kingdom

May 21st, 2011

There’s no doubt My Kingdom Of Fife has asserted himself as a genuine horse since arriving in Australia but today in the Doomben Cup he has a chance to become much more than that.

A win would not only give him his second Group 1 and see him go to four from four on Aussie soil, it would put him in the league of champions.

The Doomben Cup was transferred to a weight for age contest in 1990 and since then 14 winners have come into the race after wins in either the Queen Elizabeth Stakes or the Hollindale Stakes.

There are only two names that have thus far claimed all three events though, the immortal Might And Power and Rough Habit.

Both of those names are remembered right around the country and especially in Queensland where they enjoyed so much success.

The records show that overall nine winners of the Hollindale Stakes have then gone on to win the Doomben Cup that same year, Rough Habit (1991-92), Durbridge (1994), Danewin (1995), Might And Power (1998), Mr Bureaucrat (2002), Bush Padre (2003), Above Deck (2006) and Metal Bender (2010).

Five have completed the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Doomben Cup double, Rough Habit (1992), Durbridge (1994), Might And Power (1998), Intergaze (1999) and Sarrera in 2008.

My Kingdom Of Fife is an understandable favourite for the race, however despite beating much of this field last start he hasn’t dominated the betting.

Still, only eight horses stand between him and a place in history and there’s no indication that the horse is reaching the end of his limits yet.

“You need good horses to win the Queen Elizabeth and the Hollindale Stakes,” Waller said.

“Good horses don’t fluke winning those races.”

The horse has only run on dead to heavy tracks in Australia but the firm ground isn’t expected to worry him, in fact Waller would prefer a fast track on race day.

He’s not the only hope for Chris Waller either with Triple Honour backing up from a third place in last year’s event.

His main threat according to the current betting markets and to last start’s result is Glass Harmonium, a relatively unknown horse which like My Kingdom Of Fife was imported from Europe.

He ran a close second in the Hollindale and his run today could improve by five lengths or drop by five lengths, no one really knows.

Even if Glass Harmonium does improve form the run Waller is confident there’s plenty more fight in The Kingdom yet.

“I thought My Kingdom Of Fife was a bit above himself when he won the Hollindale last run,” Waller said.

“I might have been a little too soft on him after he won the Queen Elizabeth and he’s improved quite a bit since the Hollindale.”

To be fair though Waller is only new to this horse and he can’t be quite sure just how long he can keep going.

“He could be a leading hope in the Caulfield Cup and hopefully he’ll get that far,” he said.

Even though it’s currently My Kingdom Of Fife and Glass Harmonium battling away at the top, Waller actually believes his main threat comes further down the list.

Shoot Out is a serious Group One horse and he’s our danger,” Waller said.

“I liked his Hollindale Stakes run and he’ll go a lot better on firmer ground.”