King rules the roost on Asiago in Spring Stakes


“Rachel controlled the race, took all the guesswork out of it when she followed the favourite across,” Godolphin spokesman Darren Beadman said.

“Rachel was able to get her into a nice frame of mind, nice rhythm, and she was strong to the end. She has some black type to her name now, which is perfect.”

It was a group 3 reward for the Medaglia D’oro filly, which had learned her craft with wins at Newcastle and Kembla Grange early in the spring before being beaten in Melbourne last time.

Asiago joined Lotteria, Lovemelikearock and Invincible Gem as fillies to win the Spring Stakes, and she is likely to head to mile races in the autumn.

King said she could see the improvement from her last preparation and rode her with a bit of confidence.

“I rode her in her last preparation and she just wasn’t the full package,” King said.

“She has come up this prep and strung a few wins together. She didn’t have things go her way last time at the Valley, but she has bounced back today.

“[Rule The World] turned the sprint on quite early and I was quite conscience of not giving him too much start because I knew he was a super tough horse and would have been hard to run down.

“She was just tougher than him.”

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees was left to rue what might have been with runner-up Game Of Thorns, which was last at the 800m and made her run without any help to get within a half-neck.

“She just need a back to follow into the race and she would have won,” Lees said. “It was a super effort. Brenton [Avdulla] just had no luck finding someone to go with him. She is going to be better next year.”

Rule The World was disappointing after leading and appeared not to run a strong mile. Convinced, fourth, and Just Society, sixth, were probably the strongest through the line after having to pick runs through the field.

“By the time he got clear the race was over,” Peter Snowden said of Convinced. “He is a good colt.”

John O’Shea watched as Just Society had to go back to last and, whereas Game Of Thorns went around them, the Dissident colt sneaked runs along the fence.

“When you have to snag back like that it takes along time to get going again, and he was still looking for runs at the 200m,” O’Shea said. “He is a good horse.”

Beadman believes Asiago will be a better filly in the autumn, when she could step up to a race like the Coolmore Classic.

“This is normally a colts-type of race and this will set her up for something nice over the autumn carnival,” Beadman said.

“Around 1400m to 1600m, she will be very effective in the autumn.”

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