Lachlan King returns on Sherlock Holmes (Image: Racing Photos)
Lloyd Williams didn't need any added significance for Sherlock Holmes' win at Flemington on Saturday to have special meaning.
The promising import not only returned to his best but did so in the $120,000 Living Legend Efficient Handicap, a race named after the Hall of Fame owner's 2007 Melbourne Cup winner.
But the importance of the win ran even deeper than that, given Sherlock Holmes was ridden to victory by Lachlan King.
It was the first win at Flemington for the 19-year-old, who is the son of former star jockey Steven King, whose association with the Williams family runs back decades.
King Snr's first winner was for Williams, at Sandown on a horse called Zone, and, having continued to ride for Williams until his retirement in December 2016, he now works at Williams' Macedon Lodge base.
"Mr Williams actually said to me prior to the race that Dad got his first winner in these colours," King said.
"I've only been riding in town a short period, so to get a chance like this and obviously be able to repay the faith in these colours is an excellent way to kick it off.
"I really appreciate the ride. The whole Williams family, Liam (Howley, trainer) and the whole team up at Macedon Lodge and Dad's really helped. We talked through the form pretty intensely last night."
King Jnr got the best out of the Galileo six-year-old, who was beaten as favourite at his previous two starts.
The race was upset early when Sin To Win dislodged rider Cory Parish - who walked from the track but was transported to hospital for observation after complaining of lower back pain - and raced on towards the head of the field.
But King kept his cool and guided the $4.80 joint second elect to a one-length win over Charlevoix ($9), with Sly Romance ($31) a half-length back third.
"I was very confident coming to the bend," he said. "Liam actually rang me during the week and said, 'Just make sure that last furlong is your best' and he was just travelling too well.
"I just wanted to get him cuddled up as long as I could, it was good that I could get out when I could, and he hit the line really well."
Williams' son and part-owner Nick Williams said King displayed maturity beyond his years.
"He couldn't have ridden it any better," he said. "It was a very messy race with the loose horse there.
"It was great to see a King riding a winner at Flemington."
The news was not so good for Macedon Lodge's other runner in the race, $4.40 favourite Aloft, who finished last of the nine who completed the course.
Jockey Fred Kersley said post-race he felt he was travelling like the winner at the home turn only for the six-year-old to switch off without warning.