Rachel King has another gun book of rides on Saturday

As is becoming the case on most weekends, Rachel King has plenty to look forward to on Saturday at Randwick.

She’ll reunite with three last start winners while also getting her first race day experience on thoroughbred racing’s male model Kementari.

The enigmatic six-year-old returns to the track in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) after chalking up an overdue success in his last venture to the races in the AJ Scahill Stakes at Ascot in Perth in December last year.

King has had a taste of Kementari in a recent Canterbury barrier trial and in a track gallop at Kembla on Tuesday and she’s excited by the prospect of getting a chance to shine on the much-maligned galloper.

Rachel King on Kementari in a recent Canterbury barrier trial. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

“We are friends,” King said. “We had a chat and he’s assured me he’s looking forward to Saturday.

“He’s such a lovely horse. Just cantering to the gates he give’s you the best feel, so smooth.

“Because I’ve only sat on him a couple of times, I guess I’m starting fresh with him a bit.

“I’m just grateful to get a chance on such a lovely horse with a genuine Group 1 record.

“He feels in super order and his gallop on Tuesday was really good. He’ll give a good account of himself.”

Kementari is a $26 outsider in the weight-for-age contest where the stablemate Bivouac is the $3 favourite.

The shortest of King’s mounts on Saturday is another member of the powerful Godolphin operation Emanate, the $1.75 favourite for the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m).

Rachel King and Emanate winning at Rosehill on February 20. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

The four-year-old daughter of Lonhro goes into Saturday’s black-type assignment off one of the easiest and most impressive wins seen on a Sydney track in recent times when she touched up some smart performers in a benchmark 94 handicap at Rosehill two weeks ago.

“It was some win,” King said. “She was enormous, couldn’t have asked for much more than that.

“She made decent horses look ordinary.

“I’m excited to see where she’s at on Saturday because this is a bigger test and it will be nice to get a clearer gauge on her.

“There’s no doubt this is harder but if she can produce something similar to what she did last start you would have to think she’s going to be competitive.”

Another of the Godolphin gallopers King will partner on Saturday is the colt Andermatt which contests what promises to be a super clash of some of Sydney’s most exciting three-year-olds in the Listed Fireball Quality (1100m).

Rachel King and Andermatt. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

“He’s a really nice horse,” King said. “Still a bit raw and learning what it’s about.

“He’s certainly got an engine.

“The leader he gunned down last time I thought was entitled to go on and win after having an easy time.

“To peel off his back, run him down in slick time was impressive and I felt he was doing it pretty comfortably.

“This is some race but he’s a very exciting prospect.”

Andermatt is rated a $4.80 chance on Saturday behind the $2.30 favourite Wild Ruler.

The third of King’s last start winners on Saturday is the Matt Smith-trained Nimalee, herself the bookies pick at $4.20 for the Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m).

Rachel King and Nimalee. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Nimalee tackles a race of her own sex after beating the boys first-up in a strong benchmark 100 handicap (1400m).

“She’s a ripper,” King said. “She just keeps stepping up and this is the logical next step.

“She gave me a lovely feel, she’s a real trier and you can feel that under you.

“She couldn’t have done any more than she did wining first-up and there’s still a bit of improvement to come.”

Originally published asKing set for another big day at the office

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