Hill and King make their mark in late flourish
There were important winners for trainer David Hill and Australian jockey Steven King in the final two races yesterday.
Hill produced Irish stayer Supreme Bases (6-1) in superb condition to win the Class One, 1,800-metre eighth event, while bottomweight Fairy King Prawn (4-1) took the nightcap for King and trainer Ricky P.F. Yiu, who had a double on the card.
Supreme Bases, blinkered for the first time and ridden by Felix Coetzee, defied the hefty burden of 137 pounds to see off old rival Golden Duke (10-1) and Impressionist (5-1 favourite).
It had looked an open race on paper with plenty of attention being paid to Derby aspirant Desert Fox (8-1), consistent Win-Etic (6-1) and En Rapport (6-1). But Supreme Bases quickened really well halfway down the straight and powered through for an impressive win.
Hill said: 'This was his day. I was certain the blinkers would be a big help to him after studying his last couple of runs. He was also very fit and absolutely ready for it.' Impressionist, who is at his best on firm ground, attempted to make all but failed and was cut out of the quinella by Golden Duke, who was well weighted against the winner on his best form.
Popular jockey King greeted his win on Fairy King Prawn with relief.
'I really needed that win. I wanted to come back to ride on International Day and I knew I had some good rides although this was the best of them. He is a good horse, there's no doubt about that, but he does get a bit edgy and he has had his problems.
'I had to get him settled because when I rode him two starts back he just pulled his way to the front and there was no cover. He had run his race in no time.
'When he settled and was tucked in, I was sure he would go very well today, even though he had to make up a bit of ground,' King added.
It was a tremendous win and an excellent end to the day's racing with Fairy King Prawn getting up to beat Fastest Star (14-1) and Hunting Lad (5-1) in the Class One, 1,400-metre event.
Trainer Yiu has a top sprinter in the making and said: 'I want to be careful with him and pick the right races.
'It was a good win.' It was a good day for Yiu, who had won earlier with Wasabi for a double on the big day of the season.
Paddy Payne, who failed to finish among the placegetters from his three rides, was fined $5,000 after the eighth race for changing his boots after weighing out.