Rachel King will attempt to become the first female jockey to win the Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on Saturday when she partners in-form gelding Lanciato, reports racingnsw.com.au. Trainer Mark Newnham has shown great faith in giving the ride to the 27 year-old King, who is yet to be beaten on the New Zealand-bred in three starts including the Gr3 Newmarket Hcp (1400m) at Newcastle on 9 March. "Rachel has faith in the horse, the horse has faith in her. So I've got faith in both of them," Newnham said. "She understands the horse and how he needs to be ridden so they have a good rapport." No female jockey has hitherto won the Doncaster Mile, with Michelle Payne, third on Yosei in 2012, the only female to place in Australia's premier mile handicap. "Last time I won on him it was the first Group race I'd won. I don't want to change too much just because it's a big race," said King. "I'm pretty relaxed. I've ridden on big occasions back in England and because he's so chilled out as well we're both happy relaxing out the back and doing our own thing." While acknowledging the huge rise in class, King feels Lanciato can be competitive. "He seems to keep getting better," she said. "After his trial the other day I said to Mark he feels better again. Doncasters are renowned for being high pressure races so hopefully they roll along and it would suit him perfectly." King added: "If I do my job and get him out in the clear he'll do his job, whether he's good enough we'll find out but he is pointing towards that way."
At Newcastle north of Sydney last Friday, Little Avondale Stud's 2007 Champion Italian 3YO Sprinter Per Incanto (Street Cry-Pappa Reale, by Indian Ridge) added a group success when 5YO gelding Lanciato (Per Incanto-Surreptitious, by O'Reilly) scored by a length for trainer Mark Newnham in the $150,000 Gr3 Newmarket Hcp (1400m), defeating 6YO gelding Mister Sea Wolf & 8YO gelding Shiraz. This was the second black-type win for Lanciato after his Listed Carrington Stakes victory at Rosehill Gardens at the end of January, and took his record to 7 wins & 7 placings from 20 starts for $380,868 earnings.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock-Frustrating, by Stravinsky) continued his rise through the juvenile ranks with a strong win in the $150,000 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Ollivander & Run Naan. A $750,000 purchase by BBA Ireland from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Long Leaf extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins (including the Listed MRC Merson Cooper Stakes) from 3 starts for $190,500 in earnings. Raced by a high profile syndicate that includes Coolmore and Sir Peter Vela, Long Leaf is out of a daughter of grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore (Gold Brose). Parfore is the mother of Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees, stakes winners Ball Of Muscle and Our Lucas, and Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy. Co-trainer Ben Hayes said Long Leaf was likely to go straight into the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February without another lead-up run. "Looking at him, he's a big lengthy horse, and I think there's definite room for improvement," Hayes told racing.com. "We actually think he'll be better over 1200m. We'll see how he pulls up, we'll look at him over the next few days, but most likely he'll go straight into the Blue Diamond."
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Little Avondale Stud's 2007 Champion Italian 3YO Sprinter Per Incanto (Street Cry-Pappa Reale, by Indian Ridge) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Lanciato (Per Incanto-Surreptitious, by O'Reilly) continued his impressive recent form when overcoming trouble in running to land the $150,000 Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Prized Icon & Endless Drama. This was the first stakes victory for Lanciato who improved his record to 6 wins and 7 placings from 19 starts for $295,468 in earnings.