Destiny’s Kiss, AKA ‘Fry’, one of the stable favourites at Pride Racing was destined to win the MCKELL CUP at Royal Randwick on Saturday 26th May after being nicknamed ‘The Cup King’ by his adoring fans at the stable. Jockey Jay Ford piloted ‘Fry’ to victory on Saturday under a patient ride from barrier 6 out of 8 over 2400 metres. Cool, calm and confident, Ford allowed ‘Fry’ to jump with ease and settle at the rear of the field to reserve his energy. The 9 year old proved what a professional he was, quickly switching off and finding his rhythm, at the 800 metre mark ‘Fry’ kicked into gear as he moved up and around the field, increasing the pressure on the other runners he was leaving behind. By the 600 mark Ford encouraged ‘Fry’ to pull out 3 wide within just a couple of lengths of the leader. The field spun round the corner and the race was really on as not one horse was left on the bit. At the 100 metre mark ‘Fry’ let rip, kicking into another gear that allowed him to win by 0.3 lengths, pipping Waller trained Naval Warfare at the post.

The MCKELL CUP was the 10th cup ‘Fry’ has won in his career, resulting in the appropriate nickname ‘The Cup King’! Despite being one of the smaller horses in the parade ring, what ‘Fry’ lacks in size he certainly makes up for in heart as Joe describes him as one of the toughest horses he trains. As a veteran on the race track at 9 years old, ‘Fry’ has accumulated quite an impressive 22% winning strike rate with wins over 1500m-3200m, on both good, soft and heavy ground. ‘Fry’ has carried 59kg’s or more for his past 5 wins and has won $1,333,818 in prize money. Where most horses sink in boggy ground, ‘Fry’ swims, with 6 of his 18 wins being on a heavy track and 7 of them being on the soft.

Stronger and sounder than ever, there are still more cups that the cup king is destined to kiss!

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