Extravagant Kid, an American speedster, is gearing up for King’s Stand.
Brendan Walsh is counting on Extravagant Kid, his American raider, to make up for Benbaun’s narrow loss to Takeover Target in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
When Benbaun was defeated by the Australian challenger by a short head in 2006, Walsh worked for Newmarket trainer Mark Wallace.
Takeover Target was seven when he won the Group One five-furlong sprint, and despite being a year older, Extravagant Kid is in top form and won the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on his most recent outing in March.
Walsh addressed a virtual press conference organized by Great British Racing International, “As an Irishman, I grew up and worked in Europe for many years — I worked with Godolphin for many years.”
“When I worked for Mark Wallace at Newmarket, we had a horse named Benbaun who had just been touched off by Takeover Target in the King’s Stand Stakes.
“I’ve spent my entire life around Royal Ascot. You don’t expect it when you come over here. We’ve been following (fellow US trainer) Wesley (Ward) for a while, but having a runner at Royal Ascot was the furthest thing from my mind.
“Knowing how large it is at home, it’s incredibly wonderful.
“It’s great to be able to go over there and fight against the greatest European trainers and jockeys.”
Walsh has 65 to 70 horses in training in Kentucky, where he purchased Extravagant Kid from a claimer.
“I think when you get to an age like his – an eight-year-old – you are trying to discover something a little different,” he said.
“They’ve pretty much seen it all before, and this suits his personality and has really helped him out – perhaps that’s why he’s improved so much.”
“Charlie Lynch, my assistant, is with him. He claims he hasn’t skipped a beat since arriving, just like he did in Dubai. That is unbeatable. We’ve. (This is a brief piece.)