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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.