Mother-in-law's luck for doubling King
Some husbands may not look forward to a visit from the mother-in-law but jockey Steven King is an exception after yesterday's double at Sha Tin. 'My mother-in-law, Lyn, has been coming here to visit Leanne and I for seven years and she has never been to the races in Hong Kong before,' King said after kicking home Platinum Express and Don Sebastian. 'She's just come for a day out and I've managed a double. I might have to think about bringing her here more often.'
The cheering party made their presence felt too after each leg of the much-needed double for the Australian rider. King had been enduring a form trough and climbed aboard Platinum Express with 65 winless rides behind him but it wasn't showing in the way he rode. 'I was pleased to see him win for Derek Cruz,' King said of the Spectacular Love four-year-old, who broke his Hong Kong maiden status switching back from the all-weather track. 'Platinum Express did the job well ridden more quietly. He's been ridden for speed lately and not finishing off. Today I steadied him early and he quickened when I wanted.'
King also showed he hadn't lost his touch as a judge of form when he jumped the right way between David Hill's pair in the Lisboa Handicap, over 2,000 metres.
'I had the choice between Peak Power and Don Sebastian and I decided to go with Don Sebastian because he had the lighter weight,' King said.