After the traumatic events of last year’s Cox Plate, syndicate manager Brad Spicer almost finds it hard to believe that Kings Will Dream is back heading towards that same race again.
And remarkably he also believes it’s a better version of Kings Will Dream than last year.
Kings Will Dream returns to Melbourne racing in Saturday’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, a race he finished second in last year to Grunt.
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A lot of water has gone under the bridge since he last raced in Melbourne when he was pulled up in last year’s Cox Plate after he fractured a pelvis and ruptured a blood vessel and was pulled up.
“I went to the races that day thinking this is going to be my best day at the races. We were going to be in Winx’s fourth Cox Plate and I was hoping he could fill a placing. Instead it turned into my worst day at the races,” Spicer said.
Kings Will Dream takes out the Mornington Cup last year.Source:AAP
For a few days it was touch and go whether Kings Will Dream would survive.
Kings Will Dream was nursed back to health at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice and then at then trainer Darren Weir’s stables.
He then spent a month with Matthew Williams at Warrnambool who managed to get him moving again before he joined the Chris Waller stable.
Kings Will Dream made his comeback with an unlucky fifth behind Samadoubt in the Winx Stakes at Randwick behind Samadoubt on August 24.
Spicer was excited by the performance and believes Kings Will Dream is in for his best campaign.
“He was a bit unlucky first-up. He’s knocking down the door. The last 100m showed he’s right on track,” he said.
“I think he’s going to be a better horse because of the time out. Now he looks a proper physical specimen compared to last year where he looked a bit like a coat hanger as he hadn’t matured.”
Kings Will Dream went to Warrnambool as part of his recovery before heading to Sydney.Source:News Corp Australia
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The Kings will Dream camp also received a boon with the securing of star jockey Mark Zahra for spring and he will ride him in the Makybe Diva Stakes.
“We wanted him to commit not only for this Saturday but for the spring and he’s done this which is very exciting for us.”
“He’ll run in the Turnbull and then into the Cox Plate.”
Spicer last week also completed the purchase of a northern hemisphere galloper he had been chasing for over a year, called The King.
“I’ve been chasing him for 12 months. Hard to get as he was owned by a US billionaire but his form has tapered off,” he said.
Sky Racing 12-09-2019
Sky Racing 12-09-2019.
Originally published asIncredible tale as Kings’ dream lives on
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