Heir to the King

Sunday Herald Sun - - Racing - LEO SCHLINK FLEM­ING­TON

LIKE Jor­dan Childs, Lach­lan King un­der­stands what it is to ex­ist in the shad­ows of a high achiever.

Childs, son of Greg, al­ready has a Group 1 scalp.

King, whose Melbourne Cup­win­ning fa­ther Steven was also a highly ac­com­plished rider, is yet to scale those giddy heights.

But his jour­ney has started, ac­cel­er­at­ing sig­nif­i­cantly yes­ter­day with his first Flem­ing­ton win­ner aboard Sherlock Holmes.

The own­er­ship con­nec­tion is ir­re­sistible. Lloyd Wil­liams raced Zone, who pro­vided Steven King with his first win­ner at Sandown in 1988.

The leviathan owner also has an in­ter­est in Sherlock Holmes, whose vic­tory in the $120,000 Liv­ing Leg­end Ef­fi­cient Hand­i­cap — a race named af­ter Wil­liams’ 2007 Melbourne Cup win­ner — was more than a mile­stone.

“Mr Wil­liams ac­tu­ally said to me prior to the race that Dad got his first win­ner in these colours,” King, 19, said. “I’ve only been rid­ing in town a short pe­riod, so to get a chance like this and ob­vi­ously be able to re­pay the faith in these colours is an ex­cel­lent way to kick it off.

“I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the ride. The whole Wil­liams fam­ily, Liam (How­ley, trainer) and the whole team up at Mace­don Lodge and Dad’s re­ally helped. We talked through the form pretty in­tensely last night.”

King ca­joled Sherlock Holmes to an over­due vic­tory, the im­port hav­ing tasted de­feat at his pre­vi­ous two starts as favourite.

The 2800m race was disrupted early when when Sin To Win un­seat- ed rider Cory Par­ish — who was hos­pi­talised with lower back pain — and raced on to­wards the head of the field.

Un­daunted, King main­tained im­pres­sive com­po­sure to pi­lot Sherlock Holmes ($4.80) home ahead of Charlevoix ($9) and Sly Ro­mance ($31).

“I was very con­fi­dent com­ing to the bend,” King said.

“Liam ac­tu­ally rang me dur­ing the week and said, ‘Just make sure that last fur­long is your best’ and he was just trav­el­ling too well.”

Part-owner, Wil­liams’ son Nick Wil­liams, praised King’s han­dling.

“He couldn’t have rid­den it any bet­ter,” he said. “It was a very messy race with the loose horse there.

“It was great to see a King rid­ing a win­ner at Flem­ing­ton.”

Chief stew­ard Terry Bai­ley said of­fi­cials were ready to direct the re­main­ing run­ners around Par­ish if he could not be moved from the track, near the 300m mark.

“I had my fin­ger on the but­ton ready to call it off,” Bai­ley said. SYN­DI­CA­TOR Dar­ren Dance is be­com­ing some­thing of a fix­ture at the Werribee quar­an­tine cen­tre while run­ning the rule over var­i­ous im­ports.

Hav­ing chanced des­per­ately close to Melbourne Cup glory with ill-fated Heart­break City, Dance notched a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone when Crack The Code claimed the $100,000 Gra­ham Sal­is­bury Plate (1100m). Crack The Code is the first horse to sport Aus­tralian Thor­ough­bred Blood­stock’s vivid yel­low colours for Mick Price.

Lach­lan King (in­set), son of cham­pion jockey Steven, scores aboard Sherlock Holmes at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day. Pic­tures: GE­ORGE SALPIGTIDIS/AAP

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