Kerrin McEvoy Returns Treble from Randwick Outing
A look at the figures from the just concluded 2018 – 2019 AustralianThoroughbred racing season revealed one indisputable fact.
Amongst the top jockeys, in terms of prizemoney, it was Kerrin McEvoy, and then the rest.
Winning The Everest and the Melbourne Cup in the same season does tend to boost the haul. Doing this over the span of under a month gave McIllroy an unassailable lead in prizemoney that could not be caught.
He is a good rider, no doubt, as he demonstrated recently on a Saturday meeting at Randwick.
He won the second race of the meeting, the NSW Trainers Association Handicap on Misteed, ($SP $10). It was a BM 70 race for sprinters that offered Group 3 money, so McEvoy received credit next to his name for $58 K.
McEvoy won race five, the Jockey Celebration Day Handicap, on favourite Roheryn. Another $58,000 in the plus column.
He won the last race of the day, the ATC Thank You Owners Handicap on The Party Girl, another favourite, if a long one, with a starting price of $4.80.
Would anyone care to hazard a guess as to the value of that race with regard to McEvoy’s prizemoney stats?
Anyone who said $58 K can go straight to the head of the line.
Of course, McEvoy does not get to keep the money, but the important takeaway from the day is twofold.
One, McEvoy does not shun the routine meetings that offer little in the way of glory.
Two, he was winning on a day when all the top jockeys were also riding.
Mr. Hugh Bowman, Mr. James McDonald, Mr. Brendon Avdulla are just some of the notables.
Bowman, adjusting to life after Winx, did not have one of his better days. He was more often found at the trailing end of the field with a couple of thirds from his four rides.
Group racing returns next weekend as the spring season gets underway.