A recap of the Wednesday events in Nottingham, where King Of Steel had a successful debut for Adam Kirby.
King Of Steel winning the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes division two at Nottingham released an exciting prospect for Amo Racing.
Eldar Eldarov, the St. Leger winner from a year ago, won this race, and the David Loughnane-trained horse, who was purchased for $200,000 as a yearling, is entered in the Derby, so he might be another with Classic aspirations in 2023.
Adam Kirby gave the son of Wootton Bassett plenty of room early on, but it wasn’t until the turn for home that the Wootton Bassett first showed his talent by snatching the bit and quickly joining the Andrea Atzeni-ridden In The Trenches on the front end.
The 11/2 shot was quickly prodded into top gear and pulled ahead in the straight to win by almost five lengths.
He’s done nothing wrong there – he must be one of the biggest two-year-olds I’ve ever ridden,” said Kirby.
“He travelled really nicely and lengthened well down the straight. It didn’t help that Andrea’s horse tried to run out on the turn, I had to ride two races to keep him in it, but hopefully he should be good fun for connections. He could definitely go a bit further in time, he’s got the right attitude for the game and is exciting.”
Emily Scott, racing manager for the owners, added: “You can see why we waited, because he is enormous.
“We never rushed him at any stage, we just kept feeding him and letting him grow. From the moment I saw him in the parade ring to taking the saddle off, he’s done everything like a complete pro and with a big horse you want them to behave – he would be a handful if he didn’t.
“He’s never been asked too many questions at home. David said they barely get him off the bridle at home because he is so big and gallops over everything and this was where we would find out how useful he was. I was worried he was going to be green off the bridle, but he wasn’t, and he lengthened really nicely. He’s done it like a real, honest, genuine horse. The further the better and he’s a really exciting horse.
The Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster has King Of Steel entered, but Scott thinks whatever he accomplishes this year is a bonus before his third season.
On a run at Town Moor on Saturday week, she continued: “I think it will be something we will discuss as a team once the dust has settled. You never say never, but I think he is a horse for next year whatever happens.”