King’s in De­mand

In-form ap­pren­tice re­warded with prime prospects

The Sportsman Weekend - - The Track­work Win­ners -

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

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