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King's Man on the board
03 Oct 2016

The lightly raced King’s Man (Iffraaj x Ruqqaya) broke through for his maiden win on Saturday night at Sha Tin when heading off a 14-strong field over 1400m.

The four-year-old was bred by Trelawney Stud and is the first foal for Ruqqaya (Van Nistelrooy) who is a half-sister to Cox Plate winner Ocean Park.  King’s Man failed to make his reserve when prepared for the Karaka sales but developed into a nice Ready To Run type and was sold though Mana Park’s draft where he was purchased by Ricky Yiu for $85,000.

King’s Man debuted in June this year where he failed to fire after dislodging his jockey on the way to the barriers.  This was followed up by another unsuccessful run a month later, before it became evident Yiu had ironed out the kinks when King’s Man ran third in a barrier trial in September.

Jumping well and settling midfield on Saturday, King’s Man came from nowhere to storm to the front and cross the line ears pricked, 1.2 lengths ahead of the field.

Ruqqaya was purchased by Cherry Taylor as a yearling, and went on to win twice.  She has a three-year-old filly Addison (Jimmy Choux), a $90,000 yearling purchase who has had one trial for Darren Weir.  The two-year-old and yearling are both unnamed O’Reilly colts, and she is in foal to Savabeel.

View the replay here.