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Dark Royalty stepping up to open company

Local trainer Joanne Forrest is excited about Dark Royalty’s chances going into the Kalgoorlie Feed Barn Handicap on Sunday.

The lightly raced five year old returned to the winner’s circle last start when annihilating his rivals in restricted company.

Dark Royalty raced over 1400m last start when settling last in the field prior to being extricated off heels and producing a turn of foot that was unmatched.

The galloper possesses a brilliant record winning five races from just ten starts, all of which have been at the KBRC.

Forrest originally planned to race Dark Royalty last week over 1400m and then proceed to a mile event next weekend.

Forrest was forced to change her plans and drop back to the 1300m tomorrow due to last week’s abandoned race meeting.

“Originally he was meant to race last week and step up to the mile two weeks after” Forrest said.

“He won’t be backed up next week now, we will have a look at the program and see what there is for him”

It has been seven weeks since the son of Blackfriars has raced however Forrest is happy with her charge and believes he will perform well fresh.

“He goes well fresh, I know it’s been seven weeks between runs but he has a good first up record”

“His work has been good, he’s been giving our trackwork rider Flic a bit of trouble as he’s feeling well within himself”

Dark Royalty has drawn the outside gate for his assignment tomorrow with Jordan Turner replacing Fiona Bell who will ride last start winner Lord Hatras.

Forrest is not overly concerned with the wide barrier tomorrow as an inside draw is not required for his typical racing pattern.

Turner will ride Dark Royalty for the first time tomorrow with Forrest asking for a similar ride to that of his last start win.

“I’ve asked Jordan to watch the replays and see how he won last start”

“I don’t care how wide he comes (into the straight), he needs plenty of room”

When questioned whether the galloper can target a feature race over the round, Forrest is cautiously optimistic.

“I’m not sure at this stage, he would have to win tomorrow”

“I am willing to give it a crack, but this is his first go in open class company and he would have to win well for me to consider it”

Forrest also has La Seine engaged in the Book Your Leger Tickets Now Maiden who she believes is an each way chance.