Wong pulls right rein on Te Kingi

A patient ride from apprentice jockey Jack Wong resulted in an upset win by the Cambridge galloper Sir Kingi at Ellerslie today.

Sir Kingi, having his first start since last November, was shunned by punters when allowed to start the outsider of the five horses in the C.M. Jillings Cup and Wong bided his time on the seven-year-old, settling him last as Saved By The Bell bowled along in front.

Coming to the home turn Wong had Te Kingi tagging onto the second-last runner and when he took him to the outside to make his run it was obvious more were going to finish behind him than ahead of him.

Revelling on the wet track, Te Kingi charged down the outside to win easily from the favourite, Mountain Jack, who had been runner-up to Lady Cumquat in the Gr. 3 Higgins Manawatu Classic at Awapuni.

Te Kingi is trained by Ray and Yvonne Peake and today’s victory was his first win since he scored another upset ($37.50) at Pukekohe in September 2012.

Te Kingi has now won four times and judging by today’s performance he could be in for a good winter. All of his wins have been on either slow or heavy tracks.

For Wong, the win was his second since he transferred north to Matamata trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott. His first win after a successful innings with Neil Ridley was on Edge Of Fame at Pukekohe on March 28.

Wong (20) originally began his apprenticeship at Matamata with John Sargent and has now notched 16 wins.

Cambridge stables started today’s meeting off well when the Janenne Dalley-trained Magic Memories scored an easy win in the first event, the Legends Fellowship 2100, when ridden by Mark Du Plessis.

Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman chimed in with a win to Sakhee’s Secret in the T.J. McKee Trophy and Shane Crawford then celebrated a win with Kool Gal, while Lee Somervell completed a big day for Cambridge with a win by Addictive Habit in the final event.