Wayne Hutchinson: won the Scottish National on GodsmejudgePICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
King: Thornton no longer automatic first pick
ALAN KING on Monday disclosed that his long time stable jockey Robert 'Choc' Thornton is no longer automatic first pick for his runners because the role is now effectively shared with Wayne Hutchinson in an arrangement that was working well for the stable.
The trainer said he now asks owners which rider they want under a change to his previous policy.
Hutchinson has proved a highly successful understudy during the last two seasons when Thornton has undergone spells out of action through injury.
Thornton missed this year's Cheltenham festival after breaking his arm and Hutchinson won the Scottish National on the stable's Godsmejudge on whom he kept the ride at Cheltenham this weekend despite his colleague's availability.
King said: "I have a chat with the owners and see which way they want to go. It is self explanatory.
"On a Saturday they are often at separate meetings anyway. I have no issues with it. I think people make more of it than needs to be made."