Second Finishes First

Feb 27, 2013

Second King has always been a horse to have shown above average talent and it was good to see him in such superb winning form first up at Sandown on Wednesday.

Having his first run since August last year, the sparingly raced six-year-old settled well back for apprentice Alex Forbes who let the gelding find his feet in the heavy going.

Despite being back in the field, Second King was always travelling well and,  after hooking out widest at the turn he steadily picked up his rivals.

On the line having a soft 3/4 margin on Soaked, Second King was impressive at the 1500m - a trip generally considered too short for him.

A five times winner whose previous success came in last year's Stony Creek Cup over 2100m, Second King looks set for a good campaign.

"They went a bit slowly early," said Forbes, "but I ended up getting a beautiful trail and once we got into the straight he let down really well - he showed me a lot."

Asked if he found the heavy conditions demanding on his riding skills Forbes laughed "I am from New Zealand!"

Second King is a home-bred for Samantha Pelly who enjoyed great success with the son of King Of Prussia's older half brother Banana Man - dual Listed winner of the Bendigo and Mornington Cups.

Her mare Chinju, a four times winning daughter of Kaapstad and the stakeswinner Pusan, produced an eye-catching full brother to Banana Man a couple of years back.

Mick is looking forward to training that one, Banana Man always a firm stable favourite!