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Supply And Demand wins again with apprentice Rachel King
17 Jun 2017 | By Rob Burnet 

Weight stops a train the saying goes and 5kg was the difference between Supply and Demand and Tucanchoo (NZ) in the $100,000, Kensei Handicap (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday with the Waterhouse and Bott trained Supply And Demand winning under apprentice Rachel King.

Two weeks ago both runners contested the Eremein Handicap and on that occasion as well Supply And Demand with 51kg courtesy of King’s allowance won the day over Tucanchoo with 57.5kg under Koby Jennings.

On Saturday the weights were 52.5kg and 57kg respectively with Tommy Berry up on the latter for the Hawkes’ stable.

Supply And Demand and apprentice Rachel King, picture

Foreign Prince (NZ) under apprentice Andrew Adkins took the field down the back and across the top straight before matters became serious between the contenders with some 350m to run.

King handled Supply And Demand well under the pressure with Tucanchoo racing inside them as Berry gave his mount the target to beat. However the 5kg was too much and gradually Supply And Demand forged ahead under King’s vigour and they went to the line with a 3/L margin to cheers from the stands from delighted connections.

The valiant Tucanchoo (Pentire) collected his third placing in succession and the seven-year-old gelding was 1/2L ahead of Montauk (More Than Ready) (53kg) and Kerrin McEvoy in third. Mighty Lucky was fourth.

The time was 2.06.48 on the Heavy 8 track with the final 600m in 35.88. Supply And Demand paid $3.90 on fixed odds with and $3.90 on the tote.

Apprentice Rachel King, picture

“We have put some big questions in front of him such as does he stay the trip and he certainly does,” said Emma Pearce for the Waterhouse and Bott stable.

“His statistics are unbelievable, he has won over 1000m to 2000m, he has won from behind and you can do anything with him. I think with the heavy track it felt more like 2200m or 2400m and there is a nice 2400m in two weeks. We will see how he cools off and he is a definite chance,” she said.

“He was just that little bit slow off today and for the first time over 2000m we were a bit cautious early. Once I was not able to get to the front he settled really nicely behind. He has a very good turn of foot and I was able to use that today,” said King.

“He is in great form now and he is just a very tough little horse. He has had a great campaign and hopefully that will continue,” she added.

Supply And Demand, a four-year-old gelding by Sebring out of the Octagonal mare Demanding, was winning for the fifth time from 15 starts and with six placings he has earned stakes of $309,135 for owners Henderson Racing and Breeding, Mr D A Henderson, Mrs R J Henderson, Mr L C Henderson, Mr A J Henderson, Mrs J P Henderson, Ms K Waterhouse, Mr J D Deague, Mr M A Fowles, Mr L M Fowles, Mr A Roden, Mrs K A Simmons, D & L Alford, Mrs A Johnston, Mrs T L Vogel, Mr S A Cadzow, and Mr J H Byrne.

Tucanchoo (NZ) and Tommy Berry (black) inside Supply And Demand and King (brown), picture

Kensei Handicap, photo finish picture ATC

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