The Barronstown-bred Bangkok (3c Australia – Tanaghum, by Darshaan) made a perfect start to his three-year-old career when justifying favoritism in the ten furlong maiden at Doncaster.
Trained by Andrew Balding for King Power Racing, the bay showed promise as a two-year-old and looked to appreciate a step up in trip at Doncaster. Ridden prominently by Silvestre De Sousa, he made good headway to lead three furlongs out and was stayed on strongly to win by a length and a quarter, with the front pair finishing nine lengths clear of the rest.
The winning trainer later commented, “Bangkok is really nice and we’ve always thought a lot of him.” Bangkok was sold by Barronstown Stud at the Tattersalls Book 1 Yearling Sale for 500,000gns to Sackville Donald. He is closely related to Curragh Cup winner Tactic and Listed winner Yaazy, while his half-sisters have produced champion miler Ribchester and multiple Stakes winner convergence.
His four-year-old half-brother Matterhorn is now a six-time winner from just eight starts and has never finished out of the first three.