She finished it off with success on Greysful Glamour’s stablemate Invictus Salute, which was having her last start after being served by super stallion I Am Invincible.
“I think her first group 1 winner, her first group 2 winner and her first group 3 winner were all for me,” Newnham said of King. “I’ve had a lot of faith in her for a long time.
“I was saying to Ron Quinton earlier watching her ride a winner, very rarely do you walk away from a race disappointed in her ride. She comes well prepared, she works hard, she does her homework and horses just run for her.
“She’s a very good jockey and I’ve thought it for a long time.”
King joked she knew Greysful Glamour ($9) was ripe for the picking after she pranced to the gates and she skipped clear at the top of the straight to beat well-backed favourite Laure Me In ($4.80) by two-and-a-half lengths. Chris Waller’s Mantastic ($7.50) was a length back in third.
Invictus Salute ($6.50) gunned down Spaceboy ($10) to win a fast Starlight Stakes.
“I had three days off earlier in the week and it just gave me that little bit of a break to recharge the batteries,” King said. “I don’t like taking long holidays, but it was getting to the stage where I hadn’t had a holiday for a long time. I just needed to take that little bit of a break and count to 10, have a couple of sleep-ins. It’s worked.”
Team Hawkes continued their stellar spring a week after Archedemus took out the $1 million The Gong with Outrageous ($4.80) cruising to victory in the group 3 Festival Stakes, the typical Villers Stakes lead-up.
Meanwhile, stewards will take no further action against McDonald and Rawiller despite criticising two of the country’s best riders for a fast tempo set in the last race at Canterbury.
Acting chairman of stewards Wade Birch questioned the pair and trainers Chris Waller and Gary Moore after McDonald’s Star Karen and Rawiller’s Private Cheetah blazed through the first stages of the race, before both weakened to be beaten out of sight by Bob’s Your Uncle.
The inquiry heard a 10.30s sectional split was recorded between the 1400-metre and 1200-metre mark, before they sped through the next furlong in 10.79s.
Star Karen stopped sharply in the straight with apprentice jockey Brock Ryan clipping the horse’s heels behind, forcing the rider to crash to the turf from aboard Carluca.
Birch told McDonald it was a “poorly judged ride”, while a candid Rawiller admitted he had erred.
“Whilst we agree with you you should have come back earlier than you did, we’re certainly not as critical of your ride as James McDonald,” Birch told Rawiller.
Ryan’s CT scans on his head were clear after he was admitted to hospital on Friday night.
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Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.