Kings Consort claims The Showdown

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Racing manager Brad Taylor issued his trainer colleagues Anthony and the compliment after 's thrilling victory in the $1 million Showdown (1200m) at on Saturday.

two-year-old sprinter was purchased for just $32,000 from the Leneva Park Draft at last year's Adelaide Yearling Sale.

“When Anthony goes to Adelaide he shuts the book and finds a horse on type. This is just of his fantastic buys,” Taylor told after the gelding beat $2.60 favourite Bello Beau (for ) on the line.

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“He's a freak of a judge and he continues to pick these good horses. The team is fortunate enough and the owners are reaping the rewards.

“We thought we'd throw ( ) in on Wednesday morning rather than going to next week for a maiden.”

Indeed, Zahra was grateful at the way the cards fell for him.

“The Lord works in mysterious ways. We were on Crosswinds and he was due for a jumpout last week,” he said.

“And to be honest when he didn't accept and this horse was accepted I said ‘I've never even heard of this horse'.

Taylor said the Freedman stable had always seen plenty of potential in Saturday's $1 million feature winner, adding the young sprinter has a promising future.

“He's a horse who has always shown a little bit and he's going to get further. And when he was at a nice tempo at the top of the straight I thought Mark would be closing hard,” he said.

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