HE might have run last in the Darwin Cup last year, but Budget King left pundits with no question marks on his credentials leading into the 2021 edition.

That was after his comfortable win on Wednesday.

The four-year-old cruised to a two-length win for Garry Lefoe Jr in the $50,000 Bridge Toyota Cup (1600m) at Fannie Bay, jockey Paul Shiers leaving Kym Healy’s I Am Impinge (Sairyn Fawke in the saddle) in his wake.

“Budget King is now a live Darwin Cup chance – there’s no doubt about that,” Thoroughbred Racing NT CEO Andrew O’Toole said.

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