King Of Tonga, by Dark Angel

Trainer: David O'Meara Race type: Flat
Age: 3 yr old Description: Grey Gelding
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Purchased at the Tattersalls July Horses-In-Training Sale, this colt heads to DAVID O'MEARA and is by DARK ANGEL Read about his sire here:

Here we have one of our typical type of  'H-I-T' purchases, typical of horses the likes of G Force, Tawdeea, Waarif, Southern Rock and to an extent Burnt Sugar and Admirality, in that KING OF TONGA arrives at MPR, a young, lightly raced, improving and very unexposed, son of the mighty Dark Angel. 

David O’Meara and his assistant Jason Kelly are so adept at purchasing HIT horses such as Suedois and Lord Glitters, offered us this recent 65,000gns purchase from the Tattersalls July Sale, and researching his pedigree and form, combined with the fact that many Dark Angel progeny improve considerably with time, we took little time in agreeing to have King Of Tonga race in our silks.

He’s a lovely physical specimen and his form is that of a steadily improving 3yo. Horses of his ilk tend not to peak until they are 5yo or 6yo so, even without any improvement, he can be racing and hopefully winning at tracks like York, Ascot and Newmarket. If we can eke out 5 or 7 pounds of physical improvement, as he matures, then he could make up into a horse for valuable races like the Ascot International Stakes or The Newmarket Bunbury Cup (both won in 2018 by Burnt Sugar!) Victoria Cup or just possibly the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.

On analysing his form, it’s difficult to be certain what this lightly raced son of Dark Angel is; we think a stiff 7f looks just the ticket at the moment. He definitely revels in soft ground (although it doesn’t look essential), so the days those big races are run on soft ground, he should be at a serious advantage. Given he’s a half-brother to a 105 rated 5f horse (by Majestic Missile) there is just a chance that King Of Tonga could mature into a black type performer himself, as he develops. It’s possible that he could benefit from a drop to 6f given his pedigree, which would open up a number of new avenues, especially if he remained progressive. It should be great fun, honing in on precisely what his optimum conditions and levels of ability are.

His Timeform performance rating of 99 in his penultimate race, was a career high and we see no reason why that rating cannot creep into the low 100’s at the very least. 

If HIGH class handicaps at the BIG tracks (with just the possibility of a tad more) is something you’d like to experience, then we believe this son of Dark Angel will afford you precisely this, for the next 2 or 3 seasons to come. The beauty of the races we have in mind for King Of Tonga, is that the prize money on offer is so good, that the day you win one, not only do you earn your purchase price back but probably your training fees too; and if you manage to pull it off twice, as we did with Burnt Sugar, a very similar purchase to King Of Tonga, then you’re in clover! Burnt Sugar has earned £250,000 in big Handicap earnings since we purchased him; and he cost pretty much precisely the same as King Of Tonga.

Please see a video of him at David's yard.

Trainer Update (21st August): He has been declared to run in the £70,000 Class 2 1 mile race at York on Friday and will be ridden by Cam Hardie. See the race card here:

Sire Update (3rd August): We must mention the two sons of Dark Angel who lit up the Qatar Goodwood Festival - BATTAASH, winner of the Group 2 King George for the third time and KHAADEM winner of the Stewards Cup.


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Appleyard Drive
North Lincolnshire
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