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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Former champion apprentice King switches to Britain and jumping

Connor King: hoping switch to jumps can reboot his career
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Former dual Irish champion apprentice Connor King is swapping codes hoping to establish himself as a jumps jockey in Britain this winter after joining Brian Ellison’s yard in Norton, North Yorkshire.

King, 21, partnered 125 winners on the Flat in Ireland but admitted weight problems had played a major part in his decision to head to Britain, and he is fully committed to making a go of things over jumps this autumn.

He said: “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.

“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 dual purpose trainer.

"I've joined him in the last month and have already had three rides –two on the Flat and one over hurdles – for him and hopefully the first winner will come shortly.”

He added: “I'm not making any big plans as the most important thing is to establish myself, and with that in mind I'm in the process of signing up with jockeys’ agent Richard Hales and getting the first success over here on the board as soon as possible.”

King was champion apprentice in Ireland in 2013 and 2015 when riding for David Wachman and, on his retirement, he switched to Joseph O’Brien.

His biggest winner so far came on the Jessica Harrington-trained Royal Blue Star in a Listed contest at Cork in 2013.

I'm not making any big plans as the important thing is to establish myself and with that in mind I'm signing up with agent Richard Hales
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