King Of Sparta out to impress at Rosehill
A gelding procedure appears to be doing the trick for talented juvenile King Of Sparta, who can put his hand up as a spring carnival candidate with another good performance at Rosehill on Saturday.
King Of Sparta, who is 7.00 to win the Elite Sand and Soil Handicap on Saturday, ran well in some quality races during the autumn, including a fourth to Home Affairs in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes when he was beaten less than two lengths.
But connections felt he had much more to offer and the decision was made to geld him, which prompted some 'colts fund' members such as Newgate Farm to sell their shares after his first-up win.
King Of Sparta resumed with a slashing victory on the Kensington track earlier this month and will be bidding to make it two in a row in Saturday's opener at Rosehill.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden can already see a huge change in the youngster's attitude and hopes it continues to be reflected on the racetrack.
"Since he's been gelded he has been a different horse," Snowden said. "He's always had talent but I think it will be the making of him. I think you'll see a much more genuine horse this time.
"He is certainly capable of getting some black type so we will get through Saturday and go from there."
King Of Sparta will face the reopposing Military Expert in the 1200-metre contest, who he beat by a quarter of a length in his last race.