Victorian Apprentices King and Brown Off to Europe

They make ‘em small in Oz, which is a good thing when that which is being made is pilots for thoroughbred racehorses.

Some of the younger set, two Victorian apprentices in this case, will be heading off to Europe to demonstrate their abilities on the world stage.

One of those is Lachlan King, son of Steven King, the 47-year-old, who is still active, although his best days may be behind him. Steven King won the Melbourne Cup in 1991 aboard Let’s Elope. He rode that formidable mare during the middle of her career, adding wins in the 1991 Turnbull Stakes, the Caulfield Cup, and the LKS MacKinnon Stakes. In 1992, the pair won the C.F. Orr Stakes and the St. George, as well as the Group 1 Australia Cup at Flemington.

For Lachlan King, a career anywhere near the success of his father’s would have to be deemed satisfying and successful.

King the younger will represent Australia when he ventures north to Chantilly to run in the Longines Prix Future Racing Stars in France nest month.

Lachlan King is apprenticed to Gerald Egan and has ridden 35 winners, although he has yet to make a ride on any of the metro tracks.

The other apprentice, Ethan Brown, is going to try his fortune at Newmarket in England for a six-week seasoning stint with William Haggas before he returns to Australia at the outset of the 2017 – 2018 Australian Thoroughbred Racing Season.

Brown has a slight edge in experience over King, having ridden 59 winners, with seven of those in the metropolitan area. Brown works for Mick Kent at Cranbourne and it was Kent who suggested that he have a look at how the Poms race. Lachlan King reports being excited about a visit to Royal Ascot, so he will have a full calendar in the northern hemisphere.

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