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Throw The King- Derby Dream

Denis Pagan has tasted success at the very highest level in AFL football. As a dual Premiership Coach with the North Melbourne Football Club, few have had better coaching records than he. Much of his success in this field could be attributed to his selection of the right players. Knowing who to work with and how to get the best out of them are wonderful attributes!


The passion Denis has now is for thoroughbred racing and at the 2012 Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale he personally took a liking to the Elvstroem colt out of the Zabeel mare Zabalette. Bred by Frank Meduri who, along with Frank Tagg and Gary Moffitt, bred and raced the mighty Elvstroem, the Zabalette colt was born, raised and prepared for sale here at Blue Gum Farm.


Different people at that sale suggested other yearlings to Denis but he liked this colt. He had long hoped to race a nice staying horse and the fact that this fellow was a well made, athletic colt out of a Zabeel mare who had already thrown a Brisbane Cup winner in Art Success had him excited for the future. After bidding $13,000, the colt was knocked down to him.


Entrusted in to the care of expert trainer and long time friend John Sadler, Denis named his horse Throw The King. Despite being bred like he was, Throw The King showed good natural ability as a two year old and finished third first up in an 1100 metre juvenile at Bendigo in April. He subsequently ran two even races at Caulfield before being sent back to Blue Gum to spell. First up as a three year old he ran a nice race for fourth over 1400 metres at Bendigo before returning to that track today.


Over 1600 metres second up, John Sadler instructed his son Tom to take Throw The King back, allow him to settle and balance up before allowing him to make ground late in the race. Instructions that were followed to perfection by the talented young jockey who brought his mount from last with a well timed run to win the three year old and up maiden by a widening three quarters of a length. A long way from a Derby for sure but for Denis Pagan, his dream is very much alive.


Throw The King, pictured as a yearling at Blue Gum Farm.