Move on the Flat

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time, so it was eas­ier.

“I ac­tu­ally thought it was easy. I’d go to school, eat away, go to the races, ride a few win­ners and go back to school then the next day.

“I was only rid­ing out one day a week, on a Satur­day. David Wach­man made it pos­si­ble for me to do that.

“Most train­ers would want you in the yard ev­ery day, but he told me it was im­por­tant that I fin­ish out school and I’m glad I did.

“At least I did my Leav­ing Cert and I have some­thing to fall back on. ‘I al­ways had an in­ter­est in horses when I was younger.

“When I made my com­mu­nion, with the money I got, I bought a pony. We still have him at home ac­tu­ally!

“He was one of those ponies that you could take hunt­ing or you could take him to the pony club or go pony rac­ing with him or what­ever.

“He was bril­liant. I got big into the pony rac­ing and did that for a few years.’’

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the pony rac­ing cir­cuit, it was on to the big­ger an­i­mals. A first win­ner ar­rived for a 16year-old King, at Leop­ard­stown, in Oc­to­ber of 2012, aboard a horse called Pre­cious Stone, for Wach­man.

From there, a fledg­ling ca­reer gath­ered mo­men­tum.

He was crowned cham­pion ap­pren­tice in 2013 — some­thing he would re­peat two sea­sons later.

Be­tween that maiden suc­cess in 2012 and last au­tumn, 125 win­ners would be rid­den to vic­tory by the rookie pi­lot.

One of the many high­lights came at his lo­cal track in Au­gust of 2013. It was the sea­son when he had an­nounced him­self as a rider of huge po­ten­tial.

The four-timer recorded by a teenage King at Mal­low, which in­cluded a

A worm’s eye view of the fin­ish as Full Court Press and Connor King (right) beats Slaney Street for trainer Johnny Murtagh.

Al­fredo Ar­cano and Connor King win from Fox Dream for trainer David Mar­nane.

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