Oxford Poet is all set to resume at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday lining up in the final event Bob Rowles Tribute Bm80 over 1200m. The lightly Dylan Thomas gelding progressed his way through the grades last prep in fine style and looks to have returned in a similar manner judging by his two strong trial performances in the lead up to Saturday’s race. “Oxford Poet is great, he has really pleased me since his return to the stable following his spell. Saturday’s field looks quite strong on paper but I could not be happier with Oxford Poet his trials have been impressive winning both” said Kim. Oxford Poet comes to hand quickly which is evident by his record with two second placings from three starts first up enjoys racing at Rosehill, having won at the track and distance last prep. Kim is hopeful of further success with inform jockey Blake Shinn following their victory on Monday with Harry Hotspur and has booked Blake to guide Oxford Poet, with the pair jumping from barrier 6 in the field of 14 runners. Oxford Poet is ultra-consistent galloper who is rarely far away in his races and the stable confident that Oxford Poet will again prove competitive in a strong affair come Saturday.
Harry Hotspur continued on his winning way to make two wins in as many starts in the final event at Canterbury yesterday afternoon. The flashy chestnut was sent to the front by inform jockey Blake Shinn, allowed to roll along in his favoured role setting a strong gallop. Harry Hotspur had his chasers off the bit and proved too strong from them over the concluding stages to score a deserved length victory. “That was a very good effort, Harry had to do a bit of work early from the wide barrier and was too tough for them. The horse really enjoys rolling along at his own tempo and Blake rode him a treat. I’m not too sure where Harry Hotspur will head next we’ll see how he pulls up before deciding where to next” added Kim. Congratulations to the winning connections of Harry Hotspur.
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Both Supreme Effort and Oxford Heart finished 4th in their respective races. “Both horses ran well without winning, things didn’t quite pan out as we had hoped with Oxford Heart and Supreme Effort was an honest effort. It was great to win the last for the team” added a very happy Kim.
Whilst the result was not what Mark would have anticipated, the night was still an enjoyable one for Kim at the Sydney Cricket Ground last night. “I always enjoy catching up with Mark’s former team mates and a few former opponents including the great Sir Viv Richards. Listening to all the stories and the banter between them is always entertaining. It was a great night, the atmosphere was electric”, said Kim.
Kim and Mark have named unraced two year old colt after the great West Indies batsman Viv Richards – King Viv (pictured below as a yearling at the Karaka yearling sales). King Viv is a son by Falkirk out of the Centaine mare Daydream. “King Viv is a lovely horse he’s been in and out a couple of times during the education process. The colt is now back in work and I have been really happy with his progress, fingers crossed we can get him to a trial” added Kim.