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Exciting Weekend for Widden's King Cugat
Widden Stud's young shuttle stallion King Cugat (Kingmambo-Tricky Game, by Majestic Light) enjoyed an outstanding weekend in both hemispheres with his first Australian metropolitan winner Kooka at Rosehill in Sydney, followed by an important Gr3 win in North America by improving colt Kingship. The Jack Denham-trained filly Kooka took out the 1200m open 2YO event with a strong finishing burst, going one better than her last run when narrowly beaten into second place at Canterbury. "She was tardy the other day but she popped out nice today and in the straight when I balanced her up she let down good," said winning jockey Jamie Innes. Retained to race by her breeder, Kooka is a half-sister to Gr3 winner Kootoomootoo being from the good producing Marscay mare Cachelle, a half-sister to Gr3 winner Ocean Ranch. Kooka is the 6th (one in NZ) Australian winner for King Cugat, and his first metropolitan winner. Meanwhile at Arlington Park in the US, 3YO colt Kingship landed his first Black Type success when taking out the $US150,000 Gr3 Arlington Classic over a mile and 1/16 on turf after leading throughout. King Cugat has covered over 100 mares in each of his first four seasons at stud in Australia and returns to Widden this spring at a fee of $9,900.