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Kingsley has pair ready to jump in $50,000 Queens Cup feature
DEMONSTRATIVE HAS WON FOUR times over jumps in this country since being brought here in 2010. The 5-year-old will carry Robbie Walsh and the high weight of 156 pounds in Saturdays feature chase at the Queens Cup meet in nearby Mineral Springs, N.C. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative, the National Steeplechase Association’s three-year-old champion in 2010 and a stakes winner last year, will open his 2012 season against a highly competitive group in the $50,000 Queen’s Cup MPC ‘Chase, highlight of the 17th annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase on Saturday, April 28.First post time is 1:30 p.m. at Brooklandwood Race Course in Mineral Springs, N.C., and the Queen’s Cup will be the third race on a six-race program.Now five, Demonstrative was a sparkling winner of the William G. Entenmann Novice Stakes at Belmont Park last July for trainer Richard Valentine. The Entenmann, like the Queen’s Cup, was limited to novices, or horses in their first seasons of racing over fences.The Elusive Quality gelding also won the Daniel Van Clief Memorial allowance hurdle at the Foxfield Spring Races in Virginia and was second in Saratoga Race Course’s Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes in August and the Dorothy Fred Smithwick Memorial Stakes at Virginia Fall in October.He finished his 2011 season with a third-place finish in the Foxbrook Champion Hurdle at Far Hills, N.J., on Oct. 22. Robbie Walsh will ride Demonstrative, who tuned up for the current jumps season with a second in a training flat race at the Stoneybrook Steeplechase in Raeford, N.C., on April 7.Demonstrative will be meeting a solid group of seasoned novices, including two who have already posted victories this year.