Rachel King will this Saturday ride Lanciato as she chases history in Doncaster Mile. Rachel is likely to become the first woman to ride a winner of Group 1 $3 million race at Royal Randwick. The 27-year-old will be riding Lanciato with who she has had three wins including the Newcastle Newmarket.
Even though Mark Newnham had an option of picking an experienced Jockey for Lanciato, he said that Lanciato and Rachel have faith in each other and so they will pair up on Saturday at Royal Randwick. King said that there is nothing to fear and she is prepared for her biggest ride on Saturday. She said that she was not feeling nervous and she was excited because she knows the horse quite well and understands what the horse can do.
King has been riding at the provincials and this will be her first ride at the championship. She has been riding in England as an amateur where she has been struggling for opportunities. When she moved to Sydney she was at Gai Waterhouse where she rode trackwork. She said that when she came to Sydney, she did not have set plans on what she wanted to do but decided to give riding a go because of the numerous racing opportunities available to women in Australia. She added that she did not have any ambition or a goal that she wanted to achieve and was just waiting to see what happens. She added that she did not expect to ride a horse like Lanciato but she is now ready to help Him Unleash his powerful finishing surges to win the race.
King is a leading apprentice in Sydney and is happy that she will be riding a horse that bursts with speed like Lanciato. She quipped that the horse feels quick and she loves it when she sees him going past other horses. According to her, riding Lanciato is like driving a powerful sports car and so your job will be to sit back and wait for the right opportunity and utilise it. She is confident that she will use this chance to create some history where she hopes to become the first woman to win Doncaster Mile. Lanciato is going to Doncaster with an advantage of weight and will rely on the fact that he recently won group 3 race.