Hallowell King wins WA Guineas

Emerging owner-breeder Craig Thompson claimed a Group 2 victory with King Saul in the WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot on Super Saturday.

King Saul (3c Flying Pegasus – Zenda by Zabeel) stormed home to win running away from Caiguna (Dubai Destination) and Red Hot Sax (Saxon).

The locally bred colt had won the LR Belgravia Stakes (1200m) last month and will now be set for the G1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 3.  “He had been working super and was really looking for the mile,” trainer Trevor Andrews said.  “We added blinkers, booked Craig Williams and he got the job done.”

Fremantle based Thompson is managing director of leading ship brokerage Seacorp and has invested millions in Mt Hallowell Stud.  He races G1 filly Hallowell Belle (Starcraft) and will branch out as a vendor for the first time at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions.

Thompson bought King Saul for $120,000 from Namerik Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions.  His dam is a half sister to the NZ based stakes winners Pins ‘n’ Needles and Coup Fieldes.

Namerik owner Mary Scott has catalogued an Oratorio (Aus) half-brother to King Saul at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions.

King Saul is the first stakes winner by FuPeg sire Flying Pegasus.  A G2 winner of the AJC Royal Sovereign Stakes, he stands atTouchstone Stud for a $8,800 (inc gst) fee.