King’s in Demand
In-form apprentice rewarded with prime prospects
TRAINER Adrian Bott is backing stable apprentice Rachel King to continue her redhot form by handing the plum rides on Supply And Demand and Arbeitsam at Rosehill tomorrow.
King has recorded successive Saturday doubles and while Bott, and co-trainer Gai Waterhouse, were always going to support her other trainers have taken note and she’ll ride in eight of the nine races.
“It’s a great time of year for Rachel to be given opportunity and rewarded the hard work she does behind the scenes,” Bott said.
“She’s obviously riding very well and you can’t knock the results she’s been getting on the horses.”
King partnered Supply And Demand to an easy all the way win over 1800m at Rosehill two weeks ago, bringing up her first ever Saturday city double among her five wins so far this month.
The four-year-old, with 52.5kg after King’s claim, stretches out in distance in the Kensei Handicap (2000m) and Bott said the signs out of that last win say he’ll take catching again.
“He ran the race at a pretty good tempo from the outset and was still strong through the line,” he said.
“It gave us every indication that should see out a strong 2000m.
“He has the tactical speed, he relaxes in run and has the ability to switch off. He still has a turn of foot at the end of it.
“In our eyes it shows he has that stamina there.”
Supply And Demand is proven on soft and heavy ground and Bott said if he is beaten that won’t be an excuse.
King partners Arbeitsam in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1400m) after the three-year-old was narrowly beaten first-up with Blaike McDougall in the saddle.
Bott said gelding was open to improvement going into his return and is also adept in rain affected ground.
“He’s naturally a big, solid horse so the fitness improvement will be big factor for him and he’s suited going up in trip.”
The Waterhouse-Bott stable has long had an opinion of youngster Hualalai and Bott is expecting him to measure up in the TAB Handicap (1350m) following a maiden win at Kembla Grange.
That comes with a small caveat, though, that the horse settles in the run.
“Getting him to switch off has been key him and it allows finish his races,” he said.
“This looks to be the logical step for him, we’re tying to take him through his grades as we up in trip. He’s had a nice trial between and he’s in tip top shape.
“If he relaxes he’s every chance of being hard to beat.”
Meanwhile, Bott said well travelled mare Sort After is in peak condition for tomorrow’s Listed $175,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m).
The four-year-old was narrowly beaten by Exocet in a Listed mares event at Morphettville last month and was given a solid barrier trial upon arriving in Queensland last week.
“She’s shown great improvement throughout her campaign and the trial the other day kept her right up to the mark,” he said.
‘“We like to think she is well placed.”
Supply And Demand is chasing back-to-back wins at Rosehill tomorrow