Bright future predicted for King

Yesterday’s Taupo meeting was the start of a big adventure for talented Cambridge four-year-old Future King.

The richly bred son of Encosta de Lago and Group I 2000 Guineas winner Foxwood was backed as though unbeatable in the Heineken 1000 and he lived up to the hype with a length and a half win over another Cambridge galloper, Mr Knowitall.

Trainer Roger James is now toying with the idea of taking Future King straight to Australia with stablemate Full Of Spirit.

“He can go wherever I decide to take her, whether it be Sydney or Melbourne,” said James. “He won’t be going for anything special, just hoping to win a couple of races over there.”

The Australian idea is part of an ambitious plan James has for Future King.

“I know it’s a lofty height, but I’d like to get him in the Telegraph Handicap (the Trentham Group One 1200 metres),” he said. “He would have a better chance of making the field if he could win a couple in Aussie. I believe he’s that good.”

It was the second raceday appearance from Future King and followed a third at Te Rapa last February. In that debut and a previous trials win at Te Teko he was ridden by James McDonald, but Vinnie Colgan was in the saddle yesterday and guided the horse to an authoritative win.

“He’s pretty smart,” said Colgan. “I kept him out in the better ground and he did it easily. He got lost a bit the last part on his own and he’ll improve a lot with the run.”

James, who also trained Foxwood, has always held Future King in high regard and he agreed with Colgan’s summation of the performance yesterday. “He blew up after the race and he’s got a bit to learn,” said James.