WORDS & PHOTOS BY SHARON LENTON
With a dream career including a very short successful Sydney racing career of just over 3 years consisting of over 200 winners – today’s article is about Paul King “the Duck”.
So how did this name come about? It was a young race caller Darren McCaullay who called P King (Paul King but also Peking) that the name “The Duck” was born. A nickname that would stick with Paul for all his racing career.
On reminiscing with Paul, he will always remember (as a highlight in his racing career) the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes at Royal Randwick on Championship day onboard a much loved Two Blue trained by Kristen Buchanan. Paul goes on to say “but what about the sensational win in the Stayers Cup on Love the Beaches (a ride that just had to be seen). While we smile and laugh, we now have to accept that The Duck has flown the coup as a jockey.
There are just some opportunities that come along and you go “right, I need to be on this train” and that is exactly what has happened to Paul and his beautiful wife, Sam King.
Paul was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia and it was his grandfather, who loved the horses and a punt that had his eyes set for young, small Paul to become a jockey.
Paul served out his apprentice time with the leading country provincial trainer Noel Pateman who had over 100 horses at any given time. It didn’t take Paul long in the saddle before he claimed his first win and then it was all systems go towards a very successful riding career as a leading jockey in WA.
Paul had his sights set for international racing and it was immediately after his apprenticeship that he would head to land over waters and ride in Singapore & Malaysia (3 years) followed by some time in Macau, Mauritius, Qatar before returning to WA.
After achieving all he could possibly do in WA, it takes a loving wife to ask “if you could do anything to fulfil your dream, what would it be?“. Paul always had ambition to return to Sydney after he was given an opportunity to ride a horse on its campaign to the Epsom. So you only have to guess that the suitcases were then packed and the two were on their way to Sydney.
To Good An Opportunity
Fast track to the end of 2017, Paul receives a business opportunity call from his friend of 12 years, owner of Orbis Bloodstock. While Sam and Paul had to discuss this, it was really a short conversation.
The new role will be to assist and consult for Orbis Bloodstock. The main role is to oversee and report on the progress of the horses owned by Orbis Bloodstock during all the next stages of their career, and there is more expansion foreseen in the near future. With Paul’s solid understanding on racing, the bloodlines, years of riding and knowledge of the horse racing business, this business opportunity was just too good an opportunity to refuse.
While it was never a thought in Paul’s mind to retire as a jockey, both Paul and Sam are excited about their career decision.
First Day at the Office
It was first day at the office for Paul and Sam at the Classic Inglis Sales held in the new Riverside Inglis Stables on Saturday 10 February 2018. What a venue and what an office!!!
Justin Bahen purchased on behalf of Orbis Bloodstock two exciting yearlings on Night 1. It was a very excited Kim Waugh who received the first yearling, Lot 65 a colt by Nicconi out of Sneaky Tsu bred by Fairview Park Stud purchased for $100,000. Orgis Bloodstock also purchased Lot 76 a colt by Brazen Beau out of Written Dash bred by Tyrell Stud, which topped the Inglis Classic sale on Night 1 purchased for $480,000.
Day 2 saw a further purchase of Lot 278 a colt by Mossman out of Bec Said No Credit for $130,000 bred by Fairview Park Stud.
And to top it all off on Day 3, Orbis Bloodstock purchased Lot 551 a colt by Hinchinbrook out of Never Doubt Me bred by Yarraman Park Stud for $240,000.
Not bad for a few days work spending just under a million!!!!
Thoroughbred Events Australia would like to wish Paul and Sam all the success in the world with their new business. It is with pleasure we introduce you to: