Rachel King made Rosehill her own with an early treble on Saturday winning on Andermatt in the first, Blue Missile in the second and Nimalee in the third, the $125,000, NSW Jockeys Association Bm100 Handicap (1400m). She made it a four-timer with Emanate in the eighth.
Matthew Smith’s Nimallee (52kg) and King went past the early leader and $2.25 favourite Yao Dash at the 300m and went away to a dominant 1 3/4L win to commence her new campaign in the best possible manner.
Yao Dash (Smart Missile) (54kg) and Tim Clark kept second clear of Polly Grey (NZ) (Azamour) (54kg) and Sam Clipperton, the margin 1 1/4L.
The time was 1.23.10 on the upgraded Soft 7 track with the final 600m in 34.62. Nimalee paid $6.00 on fixed odds and $6.50 on the tote with one TAB punter successful with $20,000 each-way @ $7/$1.85.
Smith paid tribute to King’s riding.
“She got the mare into a nice rhythm in the race and she is riding with confidence . She has got a great feel for the pace of the race,” he said.
The wins took King to 46 metropolitan winners to-date and clear third place on the premiership with James McDonald leading with 67 winners and Tommy Berry with 64.
This was the fifth win for Nimalee, a four-year-old So You Think mare out of the Zabeel mare Dezign and with four placings she has earned stakes of $244,680 for Letmar Investments Ltd.
The fourth win was utterly dominate as King breezed past the field to send the Godolphin four-year-old Lonhro mare to her fifth win from ten starts with a winning margin of 3 3/4L in the $125,000, Sharp Extensive IT Bm94 Handicap (1100m).
This was the second time this season that King has scored a four-timer.
Rachel King, picture Sportpix.com.au