The story of My Kingdom Of Fife has to be the closest thing to a fairy tale we’ve witnessed in Australian racing throughout this season.
Imported from England without any media attention and an average record, he was the latest in a long list of gallopers to be found by Chris Waller.
Despite Waller’s excellent record of getting imports up to a winning standard My Kingdom Of Fife was completely overlooked, ignored by all circles and listed on some agencies at odds up to 180 to 1 in his debut race in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude.
What he did has outstanding, after missing the jump by a few lengths he settled towards the back and was forgotten by race callers and crowds alike.
Then, in the final furlong or so an electric pace was unleashed which sent him weaving through the field to the most unlikely of wins.
As if the extreme outsider winning on debut wasn’t enough, My Kingdom Of Fife was actually owned by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Waller bought the horse from the dustbin of royalty itself.
That wasn’t the end of the story either, what more fitting race to tackle second up in Australia than the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes?
While not a 100 to 1 chance he was still ignored by many, sitting at a $13 quote when the gates opened.
He made them pay again though with a now characteristic late charge to blitz the field despite the heavy track.
Naturally then punters have learned their lesson and ‘The Kingdom’ will be worth far less at his next assignment, the Group 3 Hollindale Stakes on the Gold Coast.
Waller can see no reason why his star will find the Gold Coast track any different to what he encountered in Sydney.
“I guess Randwick’s a bit different to the types of tracks he was racing on over there [UK] and he adapted to that so I think he’ll be fine,” Waller said.
“All we’re doing is keeping him sound and fit and he’s a happy horse.
“That’s why I think he got under our guard first-up.”
With the surface headed for an absolute best rating of a Dead 5 Waller is once again excited by the prospect of damp ground.
“He’s well, he worked very well on Tuesday morning which prompted me to send him up with the likelihood of a wet track,” he said.
“I did think about going straight to the Doomben Cup but it’s a good prize money race, he’s a six-year-old gelding not a three-year-old colt so he’s a racehorse and that’s why he’s there.
“He made natural improvement into his second run, yes he can improve again but it’s hard to improve off a Group One win.
“If there is a query it might be that the 1800 metres is a bit short.”
Nash Rawiller will once again take the reins of the English stayer which will jump from gate 7 this Saturday.