Rachel King again upstaged her male rivals at Rosehill on Saturday with four winners, including the first three on the card, and James Cummings saw her domination coming for some time.
“Someone said to me in the grandstand ‘your rider is riding well today’ and I said ‘we worked that out 18 months ago’,” he said.
“She’s flying. She’s riding with lots of confidence and is always on the ball. She’s riding lots of trackwork for us.
“She’s thinking hard about feedback and doesn’t talk nonsense and she’s a very uncomplicated jockey to deal with. There’s a lot to like about that.”
Four more winners for Rachel King at Rosehill on Saturday.Source:Getty Images
King’s four wins took her season tally to 46 metropolitan winners, which is a new record for her, and she and Cummings will be trying to get Colette over the line first in another feature race on Saturday.
The first Group 1 of the year in Sydney, the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), will be run at Randwick this weekend and Verry Elleegant is the $2.50 favourite.
Colette, who defeated the Caulfield Cup winner well in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, is rated a $4.50 chance to win her second Group 1 after her ATC Oaks triumph last autumn.
Chris Waller also has Kolding ($5) and Funstar ($8) in the Chipping Norton market and we put it to him that he had a stranglehold on the race.
“I wouldn’t say that. Is Collette not running?” Waller said.
“I respect how much horses can change from three to four and she certainly has. She was dominant the other day.
“We had a horse called Winx who was the same. As a late four-year-old she was just a different horse.
“I certainly don’t underestimate horses like Collette and she’s going to be very hard to beat.
“I’m hoping she’s not as effective on good tracks.”
When asked if Colette was only a top-liner on heavy tracks, Cummings quickly replied: “I just want her to her the reputation of a winner.”
“If she continues to please us she’ll go there. We’re delighted with her progress and she was superb on Saturday morning.”
Rachel King gets back on board Colette for the Chipping Norton Stakes.Source:Getty Images
Waller isn’t sure he’ll run Funstar in the Chipping Norton because he’s keen to get her another win.
She hasn’t won since saluting in the Phar Lap Stakes nearly a year ago.
“I’m wondering if we need to give Funstar a softer option in the Guy Walter (Stakes),” he said.
“She does need some confidence. She’s running well and was only beaten by some serious weight-for-age Group 1 horses in the Apollo.
“All ours are ready to run their peak races (in the Chipping Norton) then hold it.
“Kolding will be better on a firmer track.”
Mugatoo ‘may not run at 2400m again’
One horse who will not be going to the Chipping Norton is Mugatoo.
He came 11th in the voting for the All Star Mile and should get a run in the race, but isn’t guaranteed.
“If we don’t have clarity sooner or later, he’ll be staying in NSW,” trainer Kris Lees said.
“There’s a few ways to go. He may line up in a George Ryder (1500m) then go on. He could get to a Queen Elizabeth with only one more run, he’s that type of horse.
The Queen Elizabeth may be the ultimate goal for Mugatoo.Source:Getty Images
“We would consider going to Brisbane but the Queen Elizabeth would more than likely be his grand final.”
Lees ran Mugatoo in The Metropolitan (2400m) in the spring before a very good, and unlucky, fourth in the Cox Plate (2040m) to end his preparation.
While he can stay, expect him to be trained more like a middle distance type this year.
“I would have no qualms running him again at 2400m but I was seriously doubt it would happen this preparation and it may not happen again,” Lees said.
“I think he’s a real good 2000m horse but it will all depend on what we decide to do with him but he’s very versatile and adaptable.”
RUN OF THE DAY
The highly impressive Kiwi Aegon kept his unbeaten tag intact making it five from five winning the G2 Hobartville Stakes.
Considering he was back in distance with his main targets to come and the dominance of his win, the sky is the limit for this gelding.
FORGET THEY RAN
A few to forgive and we can start with Commando Hunt from the Highway who got too far back and made his run wide on a track not playing that way. His run was enormous.
The Cinderella story with the bushie Rocket Tiger in the Silver Slipper should have nearly come off after being put off balance, while Flat Heaven having his first run in nearly two years ran into dead end after dead end.
Hugh Bowman ride to guide Aegon home was superb.Source:Getty Images
THE BLACK BOOK
Obviously the two winners that are going to be a real force over the autumn are Aegon and Andermatt, who was excellent after a long spell. The other horse who will win a race or two this prep is Accession, who was above himself but looks great.
RIDE OF THE DAY
Rachel King was great with four winners but Hugh Bowman has had the eye of a tiger the past few weeks and his ride on Aegon was an absolute beauty.
Originally published as‘She’s flying’: Why King keeps beating the boys
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