KING OF SPARTA – Runner Profile

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FEBRUARY 23, 2024

By Jaike Altieri – Racing & Sports

Expressway winner confirmed for western raid.

 

KING OF SPARTA running in The Quokka
 KING OF SPARTA running in The Quokka Picture: Michele Florent – RWWA

Impressive last-start winner King Of Sparta is the latest horse confirmed for the second running of the $5 million The Quokka on April 20, running in the Seacorp/Mt Hallowell Stud slot.

 

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained galloper made it two wins in-a-row when taking out the Group 2 Expressway Stakes on February 17th, and produced a new peak Racing and Sports rating in the process.

 

His 121 R&S Rating in the Expressway is better than the 119 figure Overpass produced to win both The Quokka and the Winterbottom Stakes last year.

Over the past 12 months, the now five-year-old has become not only a better horse on ratings, but also a more consistent horse.

After running a R&S Rating of 115 when winning on Christmas Eve 2022, King Of Sparta has only run below that figure once in his nine runs since, with genuine excuses contributing to the poor performance.

 

Interestingly, the 2023 winner Overpass and King Of Sparta have faced off three times in their career, with King Of Sparta leading their head-to-head battle 2-1.

In contrast to the rivals he’ll face at Ascot on April 20 where slot holders are backing their selections to do something they haven’t done yet, King Of Sparta’s connections know what to expect from the son of I Am Invincible and can trust the stable to have him there ready to go on the day.

There’s no better example of this than Magic Millions Day on the Gold Coast, where King Of Sparta has won the Guineas in 2022, and gone back-to-back in the Snippets the last two years.

 

The father-and-son training duo have become known as great ‘Grand Final trainers’, getting their horses to run their best on the day it’s required.

Following the feature win on February 17, co-trainer Paul Snowden told Sky Racing he was unsure what was next for King Of Sparta before heading west.

“It’s a juggling act I suppose, how we want to prepare him to get him over there in as good a order as we can,” he said.

“Maybe just a trial, we have to compensate with the plane trip over.

“It’s really exciting for the ownership group and the horse to race for some really good money.

“He’s been a really good money spinner for them and it’s going to be good trip away.”

 

King Of Sparta adds another element of eastern spice, joining fellow Sydneysider Overpass as early selections for April’s $5M feature.

Opening an $11 chance with TABtouch, King Of Sparta has since shortened to $8.50* following his win in the Expressway. Amelia’s Jewel continues to hold favouritism at $4* ahead of Overpass a $5* chance.

*Prices correct as of 12:15pm, February 23.

 

Hallowell Belle winning the Gilgai Stakes
 Hallowell Belle winning the Gilgai Stakes Picture: Racing and Sports

 

About the Slot Holder: Seacorp / Mt Hallowell Stud

Situated in the beautiful south-west town of Denmark, Mt Hallowell Stud is a boutique thoroughbred stud which also offers agistment, yearling preparation and foaling down.

Over the past decade, Mt Hallowell Stud has steadily developed, building an exceptional stock of horses with emphasis on both racing and breeding.

The yellow and purple silks have had plenty of success on track, carried by current stallions Santos and Gold Standard, as well as household names such as Zoumon, Pornichet, Hush Writer and Hallowell Belle.

The breeding side of Mt Hallowell has been put up in lights by Group 1 winner Sheeza Belter, and Group 3 winner Hoi An.

Mt Hallowell’s owner is Craig Thompson, who is also the Managing Director of Seacorp.

Seacorp is an independently, Australian-owned shipping services house founded in 1998 and based in Fremantle. Seacorp specialises in ship agency, marine surveys, outturn management, export documents, trade facilitation services, vessel operating and ship ownership.