King Of Tonga, by Dark Angel

Trainer: David O'Meara Race type: Flat
Age: 4 yr old Description: Grey Gelding
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Purchased at the Tattersalls July Horses-In-Training Sale, he heads to DAVID O'MEARA and is by DARK ANGEL Read about his 'super 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 (all trained by David) 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 has form that is steadily improving. 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.

If high class handicaps at big tracks at the very least 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 earned £250,000 in big Handicap earnings since we purchased him; and he cost pretty much precisely the same as King Of Tonga.

Syndicate Manager Update: The impressive WINNER at the final turf meeting of the year at Newmarket, with a career best Timeform rating of 101!  Watch the race replay here: As we believed at the time of his purchase in July, he’s the sort of horse whose pedigree suggests he will improve steadily as he matures physically. His 101 career best Timeform rating at Newmarket suggests he’s firmly on an upward curve. Given he’s by Dark Angel and is a half brother to the 108 rated Abstraction (by Majestic Missile), there could easily be a fair few pounds’ of improvement to come as a 4/5/6yo. They say sprinters aren’t fully mature until they’re 6yo and given 6f and 7f look to be this fellow’s trip, he’s potentially, every inch the top class Handicapper we hoped we’d bought in July and we look forward to seeing him race this year.

22nd March Trainer Update: David reports that King Of Tonga is very well at home. He’s not missed a beat since he’s been back cantering so we’re all systems go for when racing resumes. The programme book still hasn’t been published past the end of April so we can’t look too deeply in to the season, but there are a couple of Class 3 handicaps at Musselburgh in the early part of the season where we might look to start him off.

See him working with Markarzi this week (far side):


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