Gerald Ryan’s promising colt King’s Troop is on track for a tilt at the $1 million Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) following a strong barrier trial at Rosehill on Tuesday.

King’s Troop (black and yellow) falls short of Japonisme in the Group III San Domenico Stakes back in August. Photo: Steve Hart

In what was the three-year-old’s first public hit-out since a three-start winter campaign, King’s Troop finished third under a hold over 900 metres.

Gai Waterhouse’s filly Giulietta set the speed in front while the son of Redoute’s Choice travelled in close pursuit.

Over the final 200 metres, Giulietta was asked to extend as King’s Troop went to the line under minimal pressure, officially finishing third after Godolphin gelding Stalwart, ridden right out, flashed home from the tail of the field to grab second.

The margins were 2-1/2 lengths by a half head and the time of 52.4 seconds was the quickest 900-metre trial of the morning.

The Magic Millions Sprint is an open age quality with a maximum field size of 12 starters plus five emergencies.