Artis­tic flour­ish for The King

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stayed loyal in all eight starts since. Wins in the Bonecrusher Stakes at Eller­slie in the spring and in her final start at the same venue 10 days be­fore the Oaks in the Sun­line Vase had kept Artis­tic well in the picture but she was still only the sev­enth favourite when she lined up on Satur­day.

‘‘There were some who thought she might have trou­ble stay­ing the 2400 me­tres but af­ter rid­ing her all sea­son I had to stick with her,’’ said Michael.

The mat­ter of loy­alty def­i­nitely came into it his think­ing, in par­tic­u­lar the friend­ship be­tween the jockey and Rick Wil­liams, a for­mer Mata­mata man who these days man­ages The Oaks Stud in Cam­bridge, where Darci Brahma now stands. Rick’s brief in­cludes the ex­ten­sive team raced by The Oaks Stud owner, Queens­land-based Dick Kar­re­man.

‘‘They’ve been very good to me over the years and that’s some­thing you don’t for­get,’’ said Michael. ‘‘They kept me on Mag­netism when he won the Car­bine Stakes in Syd­ney a few years back and they could have put an Aussie jockey on.’’

Satur­day’s Group One win was the 29th of Michael’s 26-year ca­reer and now he wants to make it a round 30.

‘‘It would be good if I could even it out to 30,’’ said the man whose son Liam and many of his mates call The King.

‘‘A few peo­ple have been try­ing to re­tire me lately but I’m con­fi­dent that I’m still rid­ing well.

‘‘I think I’ve got at least an­other year af­ter this be­fore I call it quits but at some stage my body will need some R & R.’’

Glenn Old, one of the younger mem­bers of lo­cal train­ing ranks, may not have a high pro­file but that has not stopped him from pro­duc­ing worth­while re­sults from his small sta­ble.

At last Wed­nes­day’s South Waikato Rac­ing Club meet­ing on the Mata­mata course, Glenn un­veiled his lat­est tal­ent, Volk­sraad geld­ing Crown’s Pres­tige to win im­pres­sively on de­but.

The three-year-old is in fact un­beaten in public, hav­ing won his only two tri­als late last year but his race day de­but was de­layed through a com­bi­na­tion of wet tracks and iden­ti­fy­ing the right race.

Crown’s Pres­tige was pur­chased for $55,000 from the 2010 Na­tional Year­ling Sale, se­lected by Glenn and his brother Mark on be­half of a Ma­cau owner.

He has since changed hands again and is now owned by Hong Kong in­ter­ests who iden­ti­fied him as a likely sort when he won his two tri­als.

Last week’s race car­ried a stake of $8000, which meets the qual­i­fy­ing cri­te­ria for ex­port to Hong Kong.

Crown’s Pres­tige will there­fore not be seen again on a New Zealand race­track but his orig­i­nal trainer pre­dicts he will mea­sure up in when he gets to Hong Kong later this year.

Glenn spent eight years in Ma­cau as an as­sis­tant trainer be­fore re­turn­ing to his home town in late 2004 and re­new­ing his New Zealand trainer’s li­cence. Re­flect­ing a grow­ing trend among lo­cal li­cence-hold­ers, much of his work now in­volves sourc­ing young horses and de­vel­op­ing them for rac­ing in Asia.

‘‘Hav­ing spent time in Ma­cau I got to know the sort of horse that does well up there and in Hong Kong,’’ Glenn said.

‘‘The other thing is hav­ing the right con­tacts. That’s why my sta­ble these days is made up of horses owned by good lo­cal clients and the other half by horses ei­ther owned in Asia al­ready or head­ing that way.

‘‘A lot of them will only trial be­fore they move on but it’s a sys­tem that works well for me. I never have more than 14 or 15 in work most of the time, which means I can keep a han­dle on things and know ex­actly where each horse is up to.’’

Glenn gets valu­able help from his fa­ther Kevin, a for­mer suc­cess­ful trainer who these days set­tles for the ti­tle ‘‘se­nior sta­ble­hand’’ and John Boy­ack, a ca­pa­ble horse­man when it comes to ed­u­cat­ing young­sters.

‘‘Hav­ing dad’s ex­pe­ri­ence and John’s in­volve­ment with the young ones es­pe­cially has been a big help to me.’’

Trad­ing apart, Glenn has made a very good im­pres­sion with the num­bers he does take to the races.

The win by Crown’s Pres­tige took his tally for the sea­son to 11 wins from just 56 in­di­vid­ual starters, giv­ing him a strike rate of one win in five starts, the sec­ond best of any trainer with a dou­ble- fig­ure tally on the na­tional pre­mier­ship.

The star of his team over re­cent months has been the three-year-old An­croft Stud-owned and bred filly Our Fa­mous Eve, whose eight starts have pro­duced two wins and some no­table plac­ings, in­clud­ing sec­ond in the Royal Stakes at Eller­slie and fifth in the weight-for-age Darci Brahma In­ter­na­tional Stakes at Te Rapa.

‘‘She’s a filly with a lot of abil­ity and with a bit of luck could have had an even bet­ter sea­son,’’ said her trainer.

‘‘Not to worry, she’s hav­ing a spell now and will come back a lot stronger next sea­son.’’

Flair: A New Zealand Oaks vic­tory at last as Michael Cole­man brings Artis­tic back to scale at Tren­tham on Satur­day.

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