More than 15 years after he was apprenticed to trainer Mark Young at Colac, Ryan Maloney delivered his former boss the biggest pay day of his career. But, as an owner.
“It’s amazing how the world turns sometimes,” Young said.
Young, in conjunction with Rosemont Stud, purchased a filly a few years back at the Magic Millions yearling sales, took her home, broke her in and prepared her for the Breeze Up Sales, where horses can be bought ready to run.
When the work was done, such was Young’s like for the horse, he and Rosemont opted to retain a share.
On Saturday, that horse, Krone, took out the $1 million Magic Millions’ fillies and mares race with Maloney in the saddle at 50-1.
His share of the near $600,000 winner’s cheque and a collect from an each-way dabble at the big odds, providing Young with a handsome pay day courtesy of his former charge.
“In a horse parlance, I guess you would term him a bit of a slow maturer but he was always a good kid,” Young said of Maloney.
“He had no real horse background, but he just started riding horses and he had a real knack for it; horses really liked him.”
It was a contrasting day for Maloney who, in his next race, fell from favourite Isotope in the $2m three-year-old Guineas, potentially costing him another handsome return.
“That’s racing isn’t it? When you’re up your William and when you’re down, you’re Bill and he went from William to Bill in one race,” Young said with a chuckle, knowing his Maloney hasn’t done too much home to his slight frame,
As for Krone, she’ll likely target the Sydney autumn before returning to Queensland in what will almost certainly be her final campaign ahead of a lucrative career as a broodmare.
“I reckon she’s an exceptional wet track and if she happens to fluke the wet ground at Easter in Sydney, she’ll could win another big race,” Young said.
And, going through her form, Young’s theory has serious substance.
In March 2019, on heavy 8 at Rosehill in the Listed Darby Munro Stakes, Krone beat home Group 2 winner, Wild Planet (2nd) and Everest champion Classique Legend (3rd).
“Given the right conditions, a group one against her own sex, that’s what you’ve got to aim for with that class of mare, don’t you?” Young said.