Clem hails his king after Rocky victory
by Vince Habermann
ASTUTE Bundaberg trainer Gary Clem believes King of Spurs is set for better things after his stylish victory in a 1400m Class 3 in Rockhampton on Saturday.
It was the three-year-old gelding's third win at Callaghan Park after he won his maiden at last year's Melbourne Cup day meeting on his home track.
"He went really well - he really put his foot up and won,'' Clem said.
King of Spurs is part-owned by one of Clem's uncles, Kelvin Evans, a successful pool business operator in Ipswich, who paid $40,000 for him at a Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
The best he did in four starts before Clem took over his training last August was a third at Gold Coast.But he is by former Golden Slipper winner and now glamour sire Flying Spur, whose service fee has recently been upgraded to $44,000, and Clem said he "always had the potential''.
"But special mention must go to his track work rider Brian Steindl - the horse is a bit of a pig - he shies and tries to get off, but Brian puts up with him and if it wasn't for Brian, the horse would not be worked properly,'' he said.
Clem is now setting him for a 1600m Class 4 event at Caloundra on Sunday week.
"If everything goes all right, we'll hopefully get a start in a big mile race - it's a nice race for him but it's worth a bit of money and they will come from everywhere for it,'' he said.
"But I think he'll be a cup horse in the future in the making.
"His dam won races in New Zealand over 2000m and I reckon that's where he'll get staying power too."I've only got two others in work - it's a small team but he is the best of them.''