Irish jockey Conor King was champion apprentice in Ireland in 2013 and 2015 and has been touted as one of the most promising jockeys around, primarily because of his strength and composure in the saddle. However, his recent admitted weight problems have played a foremost part in his conclusion to head to Britain and try his luck at national hunt racing, he is fully committed to making a go of things over the obstacles this autumn.
King will principally be based with duel-purpose trainer Brian Ellision in Norton, North Yorkshire, “I’d heard many good things about Mr Ellison in that he gives riders who work in the yard plenty of chances and is a proven top trainer, I’m very tall at around six-foot and was finding it hard with my weight in Ireland. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that I would give it a go riding over jumps in Britain, now seemed as good a time as any” stated King.
He added, “I’m not making any big plans as the most significant thing is to establish myself, and with that in mind I’m in the process of signing up with agent Richard Hales and getting the first triumph over here on the board as soon as possible”.
His biggest winner so far came on the Jessica Harrington trained Royal Blue Star in a listed contest at Cork racecourse in 2013 and who knows, perhaps a Cheltenham Festival winner this year could be on the horizon for a jockey fated for big things