King, Berry take North West by storm
Anne King's I'm Called Earl, ridden by Jeff Berry, wins the fourth race at Port Headland last Sunday. Pic: Dave Brierley

Life for Anne King and Jeff "Chuck" Berry couldn't get any better, with the pair continuing to set the towns of Port Hedland and Roebourne alight.

Last Sunday they combined for four of the six winners at the Port Hedland meeting, boosting their tally to 12 victories at Port Hedland and Roebourne this season.

Apprentice hoop Chanelle O'Grady started the meeting on a high with a double on Be Ar Devil and Parador, before the King-Berry combination assumed control to score with Indamani, I'm Called Earl, Trouble With Girls and Kingtar. Berry is riding for the first time as stable jockey for King, who started the North-West season with a string of 13 horses.

The majority are either "cheapies" or giveaways like Indamani, who King acquired for a carton of beer.

Berry, is an accomplished rider having won a Karrakatta Plate (Scornvale), Kalgoorlie Cup (Zio Remus) and Hannan's Handicap (Savile Row), but he was sidelined for eight years because of complications from a broken leg before returning in 2007.

King's husband John works in Port Hedland, but she bases herself in Perth, helping out trainer Sharon Miller during the summer months when racing in the north finishes.

King loves the people and her time in the North West and Berry now boasts his own fan club.

"I've only got a bus to clean not a house," King joked.

"I love the bush, the characters here are simply amazing. Jeff has his own fan club now. They run up to the fence and cheer him."

King is hoping McFlirt gelding Indamani can emulate another son of Mungrup Stud stallion, Flirtson, and win her a second Port Hedland Cup this season.

"We're hoping Indamani can go for the cups and run along with Henry Joseph, who won the Roebourne Cup, ran second in the Broome Cup and ran in the Port Hedland Cup last year," she said.

King also has rising three-year-old Miki Two Toes, who she hopes can deliver her a rare city win.

"He is a half-brother to Mr Mikimoto who I had last year and he is part-owned by a guy called Two Toes," King said.

"He won a trial at Lark Hill. Hopefully he can win in town."

The West Australian

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