Rachel King continued her breakout season with another bag of four winners at the Rosehill Gardens.
King rode a hat-trick to open the meeting on Andermatt (Chandon Handicap), Blue Missile (TAB Highway) and Nimalee (NSW Jockeys Assocation Handicap) then completed her memorable afternoon with success on Emanate (Sharp Executive IT Handicap).
This was the second time this season King has ridden four winners at a Sydney Saturday meeting. She also achieved the feat at Rosehill back in November.
King has now ridden 46 winners so far this season and is third in the Sydney jockeys’ premiership.
Rachel King rode four winners at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Her sensational Sydney season already eclipses her previous best of 44 city wins set in 2019-20 when she finished in the top 10 premiership rankings for the first time.
“I came here today thinking I had some nice rides but you can’t be too confident on heavy tracks,’’ King said.
“Nimalee was very good today, she is a classy mare and is in for a good autumn campaign.
“Andermatt still has a bit to learn but I think he is a very, very nice horse. Considering, he can do a little bit wrong pre-race, then put them away like that, he is very promising.
“With Blue Missile, I thought the 1400m was the only query but we got a couple of easy sectionals down the side and I thought we would try and steal a couple of lengths on the. He just kept going.
“It’s great to ride three winners and I’m grateful for the support from trainers and owners. I’m just trying to keep that momentum going for the rest of the season.’’
Matthew Smith, trainer of Nimalee, said there is no fluke about King’s success this season.
“Rachel is riding with such confidence, she is in the zone,’’ Smith said.
“When a jockey is riding in the form she is in, they get a feel for the race and seem to pull the right rein all the time.’’
Rachel King steered Nimalee to victory at Rosehill Gardens. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
AT THE TRACK
By Matt Jones
The improving Rosehill track on Saturday played a big role in Subpoenaed’s Millie Fox Stakes win. One leading trainer told At The Track that enough money has been spent on fancy grandstands and more should be put into racetracks and training facilities. Leading trainer Chris Waller was asked about more money being spent on tracks. “I don’t know,” he said. “There’s so much criticism these days in sport and we seem to have so much information to dissect things and sometimes with tracks we over-analyse. It’s so important to have a good surface and confidence in that surface. The win probably doubled her (Subpoenaed’s) value. To be consistent they do (need good tracks).”
It’s highly likely that Nature Strip will stay in Sydney for the rest of his autumn campaign after his Black Caviar Lightning Stakes triumph. Trainer Chris Waller brought him home after the win and left runner-up September Run in Melbourne because she was always heading towards the Newmarket Handicap second-up as a dominant $2.50 favourite. “We’d be leaning towards running in the Challenge Stakes but by no means have we ruled out running in the Newmarket,” Waller said. “I’ll talk to the owners this week. We just want to weigh up the weights when they’re released.”
Nature Strip is likely to run in the Challenge Stakes next start. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
James McDonald felt the wet Rosehill track had more to do with Vowmaster’s lacklustre performance in the opening race than his manners. His overracing didn’t help or his reluctance to go into the gates but the lack of pace was against the $1.90 favourite. “They didn’t go a gallop early,” McDonald said. “Even though I was happy with the spot of was in he just didn’t sprint on that heavy ground. They’ve come home in 33 (seconds) so they’ve crawled early. I would’ve been in a worse spot if I went back. He was dipping and diving from the 500m mark when I asked him to extend a bit more. He’s got a real quick sort of action to him.”
How did the punter who had $20,000 on Vowmaster (fifth) at $1.14 to place feel? Not as good as the punter who plonked $20,000 each-way at $7 and $1.85 on Nimalee in the third race.
How good does the mighty Lonhro still look at 23 years of age? In yesterday’s Blue Diamond Stakes he was the broodmare sire of five of the 16 runners.
BERRY SHARES KNOWLEDGE
Tommy Berry, always happy to give his time, popped in to have a chat with the latest intake of cadets at Thoroughbred Industry Careers during the week. And he quickly showed them what it looks like to be a world-class rider.
Well done to Blake Ryan who trained his first winner on Saturday at Orange with Divine Future. It was also his first starter.
Absolutely thrilled with the result! Thank you to all for the kind words, the steer from @robynkey81 , the owners for having faith , the filly herself & my beautiful wife @jessmitch1988 for getting dragged around by her for 2 hours and never losing the smile off her face 🥳 https://t.co/1mFUHFg5rW
Leg Work pulled up great from his luckless second placing in Goulburn’s Country Championships Qualifier last Sunday and trainer Danny Williams says he’ll keep him fresh and not run him until the final at Randwick on April 3.
Pat Webster, the trainer of crowd favourite Happy Clapper and one of the most popular men in Sydney racing, turned 70 on Friday.
Watch Sha Tin races this evening at 7pm as Golden Sixty shoots for 13 straight wins. If he gets the job done he’ll be only four wins off equalling the record set by Silent Witness of 17 wins in a row.
Scone trainer Paul Messara called for a cutaway rail at every track in NSW. “Negates the importance of barriers and gives every horse a chance,” he said. “Less scratchings, decompresses the field when horses are fatiguing, improving safety for horses and riders. It’s a no-brainer.”
HORSES TO FOLLOW: She’s Ideel (bigger things to come) Aegon (only gets better at mile) Blue Missile (Wild Card)
ONES TO SACK: Positive Peace (lacked dash) Paulele (disappointing according to Bowman)
RIDE OF THE DAY: Hugh Bowman on Aegon (perfect ride)
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s got killer looks and good ability with it,” said James McDonald of Silver Slipper winner Home Affairs.
Originally published asWinning smile: King on song with another fab four
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