A relieved Rachel King has revealed how quickly her thoughts turned to taking her place in this year’s The Everest in the immediate aftermath of an ugly fall in last Saturday’s Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick.
There was immediate concern for King and three-year-old Choir when the Godolphin galloper tried to jump the mile crossing on the course proper before crashing through the inside running rail.
Both hit the deck hard after hitting the fence.
At the time King was midway through another stellar day having already ridden a double on the card with victories aboard the promising Criaderas as well as Flit in the $500,000 Silver Eagle.
It had the potential to derail King’s spring carnival assault and came just seven days out from the rising star’s biggest spring appointment aboard Eduardo in Saturday’s $15 million The Everest at Randwick.
“I wasn’t thinking too much when it was happening but when you hit the ground you straight away think ‘what hurts’,” King said.
“The Everest was obviously one of my first thoughts and thinking I am okay and thank God for that because it’s only a week away.
“Luckily I was able to jump up quickly as I have been unlucky in the past breaking a few bones.
“Straight away I was pretty confident there was nothing wrong, it was a good feeling to come up and know I was fine.”
Rachel King piloted a double on Saturday including the Silver Eagle. Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Choir escaped serious injury in the fall while King was able to walk back to the jockeys’ room with a few bruises but completed her engagements on the day.
She rode the following day at Hawkesbury as well and the classy Englishwoman was quick to put the mishap behind her, piloting another winner aboard the Garry White-trained Brown Thomas at the provincial meeting.
“It was nice to win one on Sunday because when you have a fall, you want to bounce back and ride a winner again quite quickly,” King said.
“I know I am fine in myself but it just shows to everyone else that I am OK.
“It is always a bit of a worry and jockeys are always notorious for saying I am fine when we might not be.
“But having that winner again on Sunday proves I am all OK.”
Rachel King riding Eduardo in a trial earlier this month. Photo by Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
King was snapped up to ride the Joe-trained Eduardo in The Everest at the beginning of the month and believes he can be a factor in the 1200m sprint.
Eduardo was runner-up behind The Everest favourite Classique Legend in the Group 2 The Shorts and has been given a month to prepare for Saturday’s assignment.
“He is very fit and very ready to go,” King, who is the first female jockey to ride in the race, said.
“Joe Pride certainly is a very astute trainer and would never leave anything to chance and he will have him prepared to perfection for the day.
“Joe is very good at having horses ready for their grand final.”
Eduardo is $17 for The Everest with TAB.com.au.
Originally published asRelieved King ready for Everest after fall
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