RISING star Culture King moved another step closer to an interstate campaign with his victory at Globe Derby last night.
Having his third run back since his fall in the South Australia Derby last February, Culture King outstayed his rivals to complete consecutive wins.
Rapt with the four-year-old’s form, trainer Paul Cavallaro stated the prospect of sending Culture King to New South Wales is becoming closer to reality with each win.
Given his New South Wales-bred status, the son of Art Major is eligible for the state’s recently-announced $1million race.
Funded from a negotiated arrangement between the racing industry and Tabcorp via the introduction of a new bet type Odds and Evens, the series of races culminates with a $1million Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle on May 31, 2020.
“From the outset of his preparation the New South Wales race was in the back of my mind,” Cavallaro said. “With him coming back as well as he has it’s becoming more likely he will head that way.
“He fits all the conditions, so it will just be a matter of sending him to New South Wales to be trained.
“We’ve got a few months to make a decision and it will come down to how well he is going at the time.”
Driven by Ange Chapman during his latest triumph, Culture King was given time to settle into his stride from his second row draw before being sent to the ‘death seat’ at the bell.
Proving too strong during the latter stages, the entire scored by two metres from Steinman, with Alexandergreenwood a nose away third in 1:59 over 1800 metres.
“It was another good run from him, especially considering he is only about 70 per cent fit,” Cavallaro said. “I haven’t been pushing him hard since the fall and he’s still racing his way to fitness.
“At this stage he is about 20 kilos heavier than he would be at his peak.”