Trainer Robbie Laing is excited by the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival prospects of talented US import Kindergarden Kid, who will make his Australian racing debut in this weekend’s Sheen Group Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield.
Beginning his racing career under the care of Markus Nigge, Kindergarden Kid was a notable performer in events in the USA, particularly over the autumn of 2012 in which he claimed the Group 3 Sycamore Stakes (2413m).
Transported to Australia in 2013 after sustaining a bad tendon injury, Laing confirmed the Dynaformer gelding’s ultimate goal will be the Melbourne Cup; however the featured Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) on October 4th is likely to figure as the initial target.
“The owners want him to win the Melbourne Cup but I don’t think he’s even qualified now so that’s the first aim,” Laing told RVN.
“He might have to go to Sydney for a race like The Metropolitan.
“I’ll just bring him along gradually but he’s got great form at 2400m.”
Spending time recovering from his injury in the paddock of owner Colleen Bamford, Laing said he is not expected a lot from Kindergarden Kid in his first-up appearance this weekend, particularly after being charged with carrying a race-high 60kgs.
“Colleen had him in work three months before I got him and I’ve had him for ten weeks so he’s done a lot of work,” Laing said.
“He’s a big, powerful horse that stands around 17 hands and he really looked great when I gave him an exhibition gallop at Cranbourne recently.
“He’ll get back and he’ll work home, as long as he pulls up alright we’re getting somewhere with him.”
Claiming three wins and five minor places from just 16 competitive race starts to date, Kindergarden Kid is currently offered at generous odds of $26 for success in his comeback run at Caulfield this weekend with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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