Heir to the King
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