A date with the Nowra Cup could be on the cards for King’s Officer should everything fall the right way after the Terry Robinson trained galloper’s return at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Robinson, based at Shoalhaven Heads, will head to Sydney to run his consistent six-year-old in the #Theraces Benchmark 72 Handicap (1400m) first-up from a spell before potentially targeting the biggest race at his home track on May 28.
“I’ll either set him for the Nowra Cup or go back to Sydney,” Robinson said.
“It depends how much weight he gets in the Nowra Cup. He cops a bit of weight in the country races so we will have to see what it is like and go from there.
“He is a lovely old horse and I still think there is a win or two in him.”
Robinson brought his talented gelding back from a speel at around the same time last year.
King’s Officer went on to record four straight victories in town, including winning back-to-back wins in Highway Handicaps.
While King’s Officer can no longer run in Highway races, Robinson plans on targeting similar races in town throughout this winter.
“While the better horses are in Brisbane, maybe the fields might fall away a bit in Sydney,” the trainer said.
King’s Officer has continued to be a consistent horse for Robinson, but raced without luck at his last preparation over the summer.
Robinson has given his son of Domesday a 12-week break between runs before he makes his return on Wednesday.
“He has come back his usual self,” Robinson said.
“He is not a flash worker but has done well.
“I think he will run an honest race, I just hope we have a bit more luck then we did last prep.
“We didn’t have a lot of luck and the races weren’t run to suit, but I could really forgive a couple of his runs last prep.
“He is drawn beautifully in barrier one on Wednesday so I would like think we would be a couple back the fence to if he gets his chance I’d like to think he will finish off well.”
Apprentice Jean Van Overmeire will ride King’s Officer at the mid-week metropolitan meeting.
The TAB had King’s Officer listed as a $17 hope late on Tuesday afternoon.
Chris Waller trained duo High Mist and Our Beatnik share favouritism at $6.
Kembla trainers Rob and Luke Price could also be making the trip up to Sydney if veteran stayer Tradtri earns his spot in one of two fields.
The nine-year-old is the first emergency for the same race as King’s Officer and the All Too Hard @ Vinery Handicap (1600m).
Racing is expected to be a good track.