Race 3 on the card at Rosehill was a strong BM 100m affair over 1400m and worth $125,000.
The race resulted into an impressive victory by the improving mare NIMALEE (So You Think-Dezign) beating the short priced favourite YAO DASH (Smart Missile-Rahy Storm) and the tough POLLY GREY (Azamour-Allanah), with the European import Ziegfeld (New Approach-Maid To Dream) a plodding 5th.
But, more than the result, it was the unveiling of a superstar rider in Rachel King more than the horses.
Melbourne has Jamie Kah and she is receiving plaudits from all corners and rightly so. She won another stakes race on Friday night too.
Sydney’s Rachel King, however, is every bit as good.
Horses just run, and run for her, as shown by her treble in the first three races at Rosehill on Silver Slipper day.
Each ride was a gem.
Each win was because her mounts just loved her being the rider and they did every thing possible to win for her.
Nimalee was no exception.
She was resuming here and was up against a known front-runner in Yao Dash so she stalked him.
With King sitting on top whispering sweet nothings into her ear, she went out after the leader and favourite when King asked her too, she went past him much to everyone’s surprise when King told her too, and she staved off her rivals down the running when King screamed at her to do so.
Three wins from three rides on a Saturday card is generally the domain of the superstars like Hughie Bowman and James McDonald.
But Rachel is proving more than a match.
She sits in 3rd spot on the Sydney Jock’s table at the moment but is making a charge.
Kah leads the Melbourne one and just now, after three races down at Rosehill, you can sense a massive paradigm shift of sorts about to take place.
Will a female win both the major city premierships in the same year?
There is every chance if Rachel King keeps riding like this and talking her mounts into running their hearts out.