King Of Tonga
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: http://yeomanstown.ie/site/stallions/dark-angel-2/ Here we have one of our typical type of 'H-I-T' purchases, in that KING OF TONGA arrived to us at MPR, a young, lightly raced, improving and very unexposed, son of the mighty Dark Angel.
Previous examples of our inexpensive, lightly raced horse purchases from big yards are Tawdeea (11,000gns from Hamdan Al Maktoum) who subsequently won 4 races for us and £117,275 including the prestigious Old Newton Cup at Haydock. G Force (25,000gns from Richard Hannon) who won 3 races for us, including the Group 1 Haydock Park Cup and was crowned Champion 3yo Sprinter of 2014 and the wonderful 7-time winner and Carlisle Bell record time hero Waarif (23,000gns from Hamdan Al Maktoum).
David O'Meara has made a career out of training horses, seemingly past their sell by dates at big yards. He trained all three of the horses quoted above as well as Penitent for us, who we purchased for 40,000gns from William Haggas and Cheveley Park, who went on to win two Group 2's and be placed 2nd in the Group 1 Prix de la Forêt, at Longchamp on Arc Day.
David 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 our own Burnt Sugar!) The Victoria Cup or just possibly the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.
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.
A tough and genuine son of the fabulous Dark Angel. He’s just the perfect horse for those big 7f Ascot handicaps, that carry huge prize money pots. Given he’s still only a 4yo, he’s open to significant improvement and there could easily be a fair few pounds’ of improvement to come as a 4/5/6yo.
Watch an update on King Of Tonga here (24th April):
David selected him in his 'Sporting Life' stable tour (17th April). He says: "He did really well and won at Newmarket last season on heavy ground which surprised me as I wasn’t sure that he would act on that ground. He’s done well over the winter and looks well."