Rachel King for day as Bead­man heaps praise on ap­pren­tice

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

SYD­NEY’S lead­ing ap­pren­tice Rachel King’s rare abil­ity to ride back­mark­ers earned Hall of Fame jockey Dar­ren Bead­man’s seal of ap­proval yes­ter­day.

“Rachel is a young jockey who can ride from the back of the field,’’ Bead­man said af­ter Os­borne Bulls’ vic­tory at Scone. “There is an art to that and she seems to have per­fected it. She has shown that on Lan­ci­ato and also on one of ours, Isaurian.’’

King, wear­ing the fa­mous royal blue colours of Godol­phin, pro­duced a fault­less ride on Os­borne Bulls in the Listed $150,000 Yar­ra­man Park Luskin Star Stakes (1300m).

Os­borne Bulls ($2.20 favourite) burst be­tween run­ners in the straight to score by a half-length from Red Ex­cite­ment ($26) with In­vin­ci­ble Gem ($3.60) a half-length away third.

King has now had six rides for James Cum­mings’s Godol­phin sta­ble for three win­ners.

“I’ll be send­ing a photo of this win on Os­borne Bulls home to my par­ents in Eng­land,’’ King said.

“The Godol­phin colours are so fa­mous and it is a priv­i­lege to be rid­ing for the sta­ble. James has been very good to me and to give me the Os­borne Bulls ride was an hon­our.’’

Os­borne Bulls, a win­ner of six of his pre­vi­ous nine starts, was mak­ing his stakes de­but at the Scone stand­alone and Bead­man gave King some words of ad­vice pre-race.

“I said to Rachel ‘you need to give Os­borne Bulls a bit of TLC and keep him one off the fence’,’’ he said.

“If she had to be a length fur­ther back where he can travel, then no worry be­cause this horse has that ex­plo­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion. This horse has been in scin­til­lat­ing form so it was en­cour­ag­ing to see him go to that next level.’’

King rode Os­borne Bulls to in­struc­tions and de­cided against tak­ing the sprinter wide on the turn, con­tent to pick her way through the field.

“When you are on a good horse like that, you tend to be able to get where you want to be,’’ King said.

“We did get a beau­ti­ful run and the gaps kept open­ing up for him. I did tell Dar­ren that this horse is so used to get­ting there late. When he got to the front, he pricked his ears but was al­ways go­ing to win.’’

Rachel King rides Os­borne Bulls to vic­tory at Scone yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: Steve Hart

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