Ninetymile King Eyes Eight Straight In Carnival Chase
NINETYMILE King, coming off seven straight wins, takes on Listed company at Albion Park on Thursday night in the heats of the Carnival Chase (600m).
5 May 2021
HOT middle distance galloper Ninetymile King, coming off seven straight wins with six of them over 600m, takes on Listed company at Albion Park on Thursday night in the heats of the Carnival Chase (600m).
But part-owner and trainer Bianca Whitford says the son of My Bro Fabio-My Superstar will also have his sights set on the upcoming Group 1 Queensland Cup over 710m, the heats to be run on June 24.
Ninetymile King is already a Group 1 finalist, chasing home Shima Shine when fifth in the Gold Bullion back in February.
He has been unbeaten since and has now won 14 of his 27 starts.
Whitford bought his dam My Superstar (Go Wild Teddy-Irish Malt) as a three month old pup and won 11 races with her purely as a sprinter.
“I leased her out to some friends to breed a litter when I moved to Queensland and Ninetymile King is the pups I got from the litter by My Bro Fabio,” she said.
Four weeks ago, My Superstar whelped a litter of five bitches by Fernando Bale for Bianca.
“I would have liked some dogs in the litter, but at least we will be able to continue the bloodline in the future,” she said.
She said “King” had always shown great potential.
“Even before breaking in he was very professional about everything he did,” said Bianca.
“Then at breaking in, from the first slip he had, he did everything right and his run home times were off the books.”
He continues to produce sensational run home times including a second-best ever final section when winning at Albion Park over 520m.
“His last section over 600 metres indicates to me he will get 710 metres so after the Carnival Chase series, he will step up to the longer distance,” said Bianca.
“I’m hoping he can get an invitation into the 710 metre Origin series and then we will look to target the Queensland Cup down the track.”
Of the Carnival Chase series, Bianca rates Pump It the dog to beat, but says of Thursday night’s heat the hardest to beat is rails runner See Them Try from Selena Zammit’s kennel.
“I’m happy he has an inside draw for this week’s race because it should allow him to settle closer early,” she said.
“He’s been beginning a lot better lately and if he can hold a position early, he should be hard to hold out.
“This is a dog which gives 110 percent every time he races.”
Bianca said offers to buy the dog had started at $50,000 and gone to $75,000 but had been unsuccessful.
“It looks as though we have been able to dodge the curse of being offered money to buy a dog,” she said.