Rachel King for day as Beadman heaps praise on apprentice
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