By Ray Hickson
It’s easy to ride with confidence when your horse has their tail up and that’s Rachel King’s experience with in-form mare Sedanzer.
Sydney’s leading apprentice is building a real rapport with Sedanzer and will be out to make it four wins from as many rides on the four-year-old in the Right2Drive Handicap (1600m).
And that word – confidence – comes up a lot when King talks about Sedanzer in reference to how both horse and rider are feeling.
“I’ve got a good relationship with her and she’s getting more confident every time, being a mare they thrive off winning and performing,’’ King said.
“She knows she’s done well the last couple of starts so she’s ultra confident and I’m confident on her.’’
King first rode Sedanzer when she beat a couple of handy types in Interlocuter and Up ‘N’ Rolling at Newcastle back in March.
The mare was then given a crack at Group 1 classic races in South Australia before King reunited with her for both impressive wins this preparation.
Trainers Gai Waterhoue and Adrian Bott have an eye on the Listed Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Gosford later this month.
“She seems to be getting better and better with every start,’’ King said.
“She’s tough and loves her racing and is very competitive, she’s a typical Gai and Adrian horse in that kind of way. Every time we step her up she keeps stepping up to the mark.
“It doesn’t really matter where she is in the field as long as she is comfortable. The first part of the race is sitting as quiet as possible on her and getting her to settle because the more settled she is early the better her turn of foot.
“If we tried to ride her like a normal Gai horse and jump and tried to lead I don’t think you’d see that turn of foot so that’s why we let her do her own thing in the first half of the race.’’
As far as Saturday’s task is concerned, where she opened $3.40 favourite with TAB, King said she feels Sedanzer has improved on her 1-1/2 length win at Rosehill two weeks ago and says the extra 3.5kg won’t overly trouble her.
Sedanzer cruises to her latest win at Rosehill - December 2
King has two other rides at Randwick for the Waterhouse/Bott stable and will partner two-year-old Let Me Sleep On It in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m).
The filly was ridden by King’s partner Blake Spriggs to a game second at Gosford on debut and she said the effort had plenty of merit.
“She didn’t show as much speed as Blake would have hoped early and the other riders did their best to hold him out,’’ she said.
“She had a tough run and was entitled to drop out but she stuck on really well. She’s going to be a little sharper this time.’’
Punters Intel data from Gosford showed Let Me Sleep On It covered more ground than any other runner in the 1000m dash and still produced an 11.88 last 200m.
Lightly raced mare Purrari returns from another extended break when she resumes in the Catanach’s Handicap (1200m).
Purrari has only raced once in 2017 for a second behind Pomelo back in February and King said her work has been sound enough for her to run well.
“She’s very lightly raced and her trials have been good,’’ she said.
“She’s a big strong mare and she is definitely ready to go. She has had a few issues here and there so we are hopeful for a good start to this preparation.’’
King has also picked up the ride on early favoourite I Thought So in the Listed $125,000 Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) with trainetr David Pfeiffer electing to run at Randwick in preference to Brisbane.