Miki Makes King The Queen At Belmont

Miki Two Toes wins the Listed Farnley Stakes at Belmont.

Miki Two Toes wins the biggest race of his career capturing the Listed Farnley Stakes (Western Racepix)

 

Perth trainer, Annie King, doesn’t have many in work – six or so – and that’s just the way she likes it.

However, King was thrown into the spotlight on Saturday when her 8YO galloper, Miki Two Toes, won the biggest race of his – and her – career by capturing the Listed Farnley Stakes over 1400m at Belmont Park.

Previously stakes placed in the Birthday Stakes last October and Hyperion in June, Miki Two Toes was sent out a $6 second pick behind the heavily backed, Just Act Natural, but after gaining an inside run at the 200m mark, King’s sprinter managed to collar the favourite by a long neck.

Much to the obvious delight of King and co.

“He (Miki Two Toes) is just amazing and he deserves that win … it’s been a long time coming,” King enthused. “He always showed ability but hurt himself as a 3YO and that set him back a fair bit. He was keeping pace with a lot of good horses before he got injured and could easily have won a stakes race back then.

“He’s no champ by any stretch but is honest as the day is long. He’s by Patronize and a lot of them are like that.”

With Saturday’s black type breakthrough, Miki Two Toes has won 12 of his 61 outings, with 16 further placings and $502,875 in prizemoney.

Bred by Canardly Stud, Miki Two Toes is out of the city winning Marooned mare, Nippon Pearl and was purchased by King for $15,000 at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

“(Trainer) Adam Durrant gave me Miki Two Toe’s half brother, Mr Mikimoto, to train and he won a race for us at Pinjarra just before the sales,” King reveals.

“That gave us the money to buy Miki Two Toes!

“As for the name, the other part-owner, Mick Ryan, used to be a boxer and that was his nickname.”

Now that he’s got the black type monkey off his back, Miki Two Toes will next head to Kalgoorlie for the Listed Hannan’s Handicap over 1400m on 20 September.

“He’s been to Kal before (in 2015) and was probably unlucky in the Hannan’s that time, so we’ll have another crack.”

Two for Two, perhaps?

Miki Two Toes is the second stakes winner for Redoute’s Choice stallion, Patronize, who stands at Darling View Thoroughbreds in Western Australia at a fee of $4,000.

The well related, Patronize – a half brother to Champion Sire, Exceed And Excel – retired to stud in 2007 and despite relatively small numbers, boasts a more than respectable strike rate of 64% winners to runners.

Apart from Miki Two Toes, Patronize’s best include the stakes horses Enchanted Dream, Mystic Maid, Jestpatim, Parading and Midnight Drama while, on Saturday, his only other three runners were all placed on the Belmont card.

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