By Ray Hickson
Trainer Daniel Bowen has so much faith in Queen Of Kingston that he’s adamant he could set the mare for a race over any distance and she’d be capable of winning it.
So while two runs at a mile including a win, a drop to 1215m then back to a mile might look like an unorthodox preparation Bowen said Thursday’s $150,000 Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Cup (1600m) is the race he wants to win.
The Lismore trainer is also keen for the six-year-old to be given a chance in the $1.3m The Kosciuszko (1200m) later this year and that’s why her lead up run was in the 1215m Daniel Baker Prelude 10 days ago.
“If I ran her in a mile again before the Cup it would be stretching it out,’’ he said.
“There was one big run left in her and that’s why I ran her in the 1200m as well as to showcase she can win over any distance if set for it.
“She pulled it off and hopefully we can do it again. She’s taking every step up the ladder and she deserves a big race like this.’’
The Punter’s Intelligence sectional data out of the Daniel Baker Prelude shows the mare clocked the fastest last 600m of 35.98 and really let go between the 400m and 200m running 11.34.
Queen Of Kingston carried 62.5kg to win that sprint at Coffs Harbour and she’ll drop to 54kg for the Cup, the big negative is another outside barrier but Bowen doesn’t see it as all negative.
Queen Of Kingston wins at Coffs Harbour on July 21
She was underestimated going into her last run and has again been forgotten in TAB markets where she’s a $13 chance.
“I’m not too concerned, she will go back and probably a bit further than we probably want, as I’d rather her on the outside of horses,’’ Bowen said.
“She’s a bit more comfortable there than being in the ruck.
“The top two are the class ones but they are first-up over a mile with a big weight and if there is any rain you’d probably want to get off the fence anyway. I think it plays to her strengths.’’
Back in the autumn Queen Of Kingston ran fourth in the Country Championships Final (1400m) behind Noble Boy, who is second favourite for The Kosciuszko.
Bowen is adamant she is a better horse now than back in April and is keen for her to earn a rematch in the country feature on Everest Day.
“She drew outside and missed the kick, ended up last on the fence and didn’t get out until well into the straight,’’ he said.
“Arguably if she had a better run she runs at least second to Noble Boy and she’s improved since then.
“Whatever I set her for she can generally pull it off. If I had her in a 1000m race I reckon she could win it.‘’
She’ll have a freshen up after Thursday’s race and connections then cross the fingers that she has a fan out there among the 14 winning slot owners.
“You can only keep winning and we just have to be lucky enough for someone to put us in the race,’’ he said.
Tickets for the $1.3m The Kosciuszko (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 19 are available at all TAB outlets and via the TAB app for $5 each until Sunday 8 September.
For full details visit The Kosciuszko website.