KGB Racing announces Soxagon for The Archer

Published 17 March 2023

KGB racing principal John Kele

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The KGB has come out firing by capturing its sought after “man” in Toowoomba with judgement day set for April 30 in Rockhampton.

Fear not, no need for alarm as it is all friendly fire.

KGB Racing is a registered slot holder for the $775,000 The Archer (1300m) run at Callaghan Park on the date above and this week the group signed off on their representative Soxagon.

Have no fears the Mark Currie trained Soxagon is a classy competitor being a real warhorse winning at Gr 3 level in which he beat no other than the champ himself Alligator Blood.

That came about in the BATC TAB Sprint (1300m) at Eagle Farm at his second last start on May 28 last year.

Soxagon is quite a catch for the KGB, emphasised by his win over dual GR 1 winner Alligator Blood the winner of more than $6M in stakes.

(Alligator Blood is favoured to win the $5M All Star Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley tomorrow -Saturday, March 18).

After the BATC win earning Soxagon his stripes, he contested the GR I Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) but on that occasion failed to fire finishing well back behind winner Alligator Blood.

Therein lies a tale as explained by KGB racing principal Rockhampton businessman John Kele, who said signing off on Soxagon had been a mission in progress since this time last year.

John heads KGB Racing along with Biloela’s Al Grimshaw and the now Gold Coast based Sandy Bauman.

“We actually tried to have Soxagon as our representative for the inaugural The Archer last year to be truthful. Talks were progressing well but then about six or seven weeks out from The Archer his connections advised they were going to concentrate on running in the Stradbroke.

So as the year rolled around the group was still very interested in getting Soxagon again for The Archer slot this year and it has come about”, John Kele explained.

Kele said gaining such a high-profile horse as Soxagon, a 10 times winner of $943,275 in purses was “very exciting”.

John pointed out that Soxagon apart from the BATC Sprint win at 1300 metres, is twice a Doomben winner at 1350 metres as well as scoring twice over 1400 metres.

The 1300 metres trip of The Archer looks ideal for him and the long stretches at Callaghan Parl should suit his style of racing.

Soxagon, somewhat of an ugly duckling as a young horse initially encountering leg problems has not started since his Stradbroke failure last winter but Kele said all is well with the 7-Y-O.

“We have seen videos of him in training recently and he looks extremely well. He is big and strong from his break and another good thing about the horse is that is a noted fresh performer”, he said.

That is confirmed by Soxagon’s first-up record as on the eight occasions he has come back to racing, he has won three times as well as placed twice.

So will Soxagon race before The Archer on Sunday, April 30?

“He may but he is due for a jump out soon and then have a trial. A decision will be made soon as to whether he starts in a 1000 metres race in Brisbane (presumably the Ascot Quality Handicap at Eagle farm on Saturday April 15) before The Archer” or goes first-up into it”, Kele said.

Soxagon joins Weona Smartone (NZ) and Count da Beans as the slots announced so far for The Archer with the remaining nine expected to be declared imminently.

 

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