Crown Lodge now stands tall for Godolphin, which couldn’t have been imagined within the period of John Thompson’s grandfather “previous Vic”, who was primarily based at Rosehill after being at Victoria Park – a racecourse out Zetland manner that turned a automotive manufacturing unit.
“Previous Vic” was a product of an period when a coach’s talent was measured by his coups, and he had the status of a cobra with Sydney’s SP bookmakers.
Sure, John studied underneath The Grasp, Bart Cummings, so household background and schooling has gained him recognition as one in every of Sydney’s finest trainers, however “previous” and even “younger” Vic could be flabbergasted by his alternative of King, whose gender is presently buoyed by the brilliance of South Australian Jamie Kah atop the Melbourne jockeys premiership, a lot in order that opinion is rife the “Ms” previous the identify of feminine hoops within the fields must be dropped: they’re jockeys and equals on this most troublesome of pursuits.
A couple of weeks again I opined in favour of King over Kah (she sits sweeter) and have tried to justify the view because of the power of Sydney racing. Alas . . .
“You don’t lead the premiership by luck,” Williams, who alongside Damien Oliver is without doubt one of the finest, commented.
“Jamie’s driving so effectively, however we’ve bought an incredible group of riders. Mark Zahra and Ben Melham had been once more to the fore, whereas younger riders equivalent to Michael Poy made an affect on their first carnival.
“There are quite a lot of riders which can be introducing themselves. Daniel Stackhouse, who fought out the jockey’s premiership final season with Jye McNeil, additionally got here to the fore with stakes winners as effectively.”
Given equality, the females ought to get the brickbats, too, and Louise Day’s journey on Superium at Newcastle final Saturday acquired as huge a proof within the steward’s report – worthy of each phrase – as Hugh Bowman’s most controversial effort on Farnan within the Run To the Rose at Rosehill.
Nonetheless, Day is a two-kilo claiming apprentice and Bowman is on the prime of his chosen profession. Reduce her some slack not due to gender however expertise.
Day rides Al Mah Haha in opposition to King and the completed Kathy O’Hara (Asiago) in The Gong – a race not less than the equal of the Railway Stakes in Perth, which has the elite score.
Thompson notched the $1 million The Hunter final week when Candy Deal responded to the flailing arms and swinging legs of Rawiller, who will use that persuasion in The Gong on Cascadian, a receptive topic, for James Cummings.
Purple Sector is rising at school however the coach figures he has one of the best palms to do the job.