Todd to debut smart two-year-old

King Lenny looked a million dollars when going through the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Million Sales and connections will hope the $90,000 price tag was worth it when he steps out for his first start.

Todd Smart will be hoping stable form means something when he unleashes King Lenny in the next week, with the chestnut colt nominated for Kembla Grange on Saturday, Queanbeyan on Sunday and Kensington on Wednesday.

Smart has been in a rich run of form, with the likes of Stardux, Our Volantis and Miss Farloo winning recently, while a debut win with King Lenny would only cap off a terrific first five months of 2020.

The youngster, who is by Choisir, and out of the very well bred Bee’s Honey, was passed in for $90,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sales, and with the owner wanting a little bit more for his horse, he decided to take the horse home from the sale and give it to Smart to train.

Smart has been pleased with how the horse has developed after the sale, with the colt giving him every indication that he has his share of ability.

“He’s a lovely big strong colt, who has been working well at home,” Smart said.

“The horse trialled at Goulburn on May 8, and did very well to finish third of ten horses, despite being very green.”

Smart is looking forward to the two-year-old’s debut race, citing the colt’s room for improvement; something that the whole stable is excited to see.

“What was really pleasing about the trial is that I feel that he has so much improvement in him. We have him nominated for Kembla and Kensington, and we will wait to see how each race shapes up before deciding where to go,” Smart said.

The Kembla Grange race is a 1000m Maiden Plate, which has seen 28 nominations, while the Queanbeyan race is a 900m Maiden Plate, with only 15 nominations.

The interesting nomination is the one for Kensington on Wednesday, which would see King Lenny competing in a 1100m two-year-old Maiden Handicap.

The race carries the more voluptuous prizemoney purse of $45,000 compared to $20,000 at Queanbeyan and $31,5000 Kembla Grange.

No matter where Smart decides to go though, there will be an air of expectation and plenty of Gundagai and Tumut interest.