King riding high with city treble

HOT on the heels of her first Group 1 win a fortnight ago, jockey Rachel King ticked off another personal best with a treble at Royal Randwick on Saturday.



King notched up the treble when Godolphin mare Resin won the Group 3 ATC Nivison (1200m).

Her day started with an impressive debut victory for Time To Reign followed soon after by a late pick-up ride on TAB Highway winner The Lion.

But it was her win on the James Cummings-trained Resin that had former champion jockey and Godolphin’s Darren Beadman giving King his seal of approval.

“I have an extremely high opinion of her,’’ Beadman said. “She’s not one-dimensional. She can ride them from anywhere in the field and can ride them on soft ground, firm ground and over any distance so I am a big fan of Rachel’s.

Jockey Rachel King after Resin gave her a winning treble in the city.Source:AAP

“It was a lovely ride by Rachel (Saturday), she seems to get on well with the mare and kept her in a nice rhythm and got her to the best part of the track.’’

Not only was Resin’s win a milestone 150th individual stakes winner for Darley Stud sire Exceed And Excel, it was King’s first treble as a senior rider.

Rachel King and Resin combine to take out the seventh race at Royal Randwick.Source:AAP

King’s Group 1 win on Maid Of Heaven in the Spring Champion Stakes was for trainer Mark Newnham but it’s her performances in the royal blue colours that makes her an invaluable member of the Godolphin ranks.

“It’s been really good,’’ King said. “Obviously it started off in the Group 1 and it’s just been good to get a bit of a kick-along from that. It’s probably the right time of year to be doing it with all the bigger jockeys down in Melbourne which gives me a few more opportunities.’’

King puts in plenty of hard work behind the scenes including riding work for Godolphin at Warwick Farm under the watchful eye of Beadman.

“That’s another real plus side riding for Godolphin,’’ she said. “It’s great when things go right like today but when things go wrong you can ask Darren and he’ll always help. He’ll make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice and it’s good to have another set of eyes watching and assessing things that I might not pick up at all but Darren is always straight on to it.’’

Jockey Coby Jennings pilots Diplomatico to victory in the Brian Crowley Stakes.Source:AAP


DIPLOMATICO clinched the Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday and a Group 1 feature is the next assignment on his agenda.

The Team Hawkes-trained colt is a big chance of contesting the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday week after defeating Legend Of Condor by three quarters of a length.

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said jockey Koby Jennings also played a big part in the win, which was his second at Stakes level.

“They ran along at a bit of a clip and when they pulled up anchor, to Koby’s credit he didn’t panic,’’ Hawkes said.

“He just popped him out and kept a lapful of horse.

“One thing about Koby is that he doesn’t panic.

“He’s got great hands and he let him go through his gears.

“I wouldn’t say he loved it (wet track). He was dipping and diving for a bit there but halfway up the straight when he dug in for the fight he knew the other horse was there and he kicked away solidly.”

The $76,500 for Saturday’s win would be nothing if the Snitzel colt won up the straight in Melbourne in two weeks.

“We wanted to see if he handled the track and as long as he pulls up good there might be a little race on Derby Day for three-year-olds,” Hawkes said.

“He’s still got a few rises to jump at the moment but I can say, I think he’s going to be some horse in the autumn.

“He was stiff not to win his first start but he didn’t know what being a racehorse was all about. He had a spell, came back and won in outstanding fashion but to jump from a maiden win to a Stakes race is a big effort.”

Jennings said he was confident of winning well out from home when his main rival, Roosevelt, was struggling.

“I knew he was going to be hard to beat at the top of the straight when the Godolphin horse (Roosevelt) was off the bit,” he said.

“When he was struggling I was just starting to get into my gears.’’

Originally published as King riding high with city treble

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