McEvoy has Day to Remember at Murray Bridge
Top South Australia Thoroughbred trainer Tony McEvoy did not let the lack of major racing action deter him from doing his job.
He stayed close to home and won six races at one meeting at the new Murray Bridge track in Gosford Hill.
He came within a length and a half of making it seven, but his runner in the seventh race, Nistaan, the $2.40 favourite in the Clarrie Watts Memorial Class One Handicap, (1200 m) had a bit of racing bad luck and lost out to Russian Rome ($5) in the last race.
McEvoy sent The Difference out with stable jockey Barend Vorster to win the 1000 – meter Burke Urban/SABOIS Maiden Plate with a comfortable 3.5-length win over John Hickmott’s Kiroshima.
The Difference started at $1.07.
Next up, Vorster steered Pretty Brazen (SP $1.14) to a three length win in the Unicorn Stable Panel/SABOIS Maiden Plate (1200 m).
McEvoy’s Vahash carried Vorster to the win in the third race, the Dean Tanner Cabinetmaking & Joinery Maiden Plate from a starting price of $1.90 to a 2.2-length win over Shining Brightly ($19). It was one of those races where second paid better than the win, so the savvy punters who backed Shining Brightly could very well be heard to say, “Win? What Win?”
Vorster took the fourth race off, not by sitting out, but by watching from atop Amerissa while Raquel Clark rode Shop Til I Drop to victory to give McEvoy his fourth win.
McEvoy did not have a horse in the fifth race and Vorster did not have a ride, so he got some rest.
McEvoy and Vorster scored again in race 6, the Ridley’s Plumbing & Earthmoving Benchmark 60 Handicap, with $2.10 favourite Quaffany doing the heavy lifting over 2000 metres.
Diplomatic Measure won race 7 as a $4.20 favourite over 1400 metres in a race the name of which is too long to mention.
The second placing in the 8th and final race went to McEvoy’s Nistaan.
“We were really looking forward to this meeting,” McEvoy told reporters. “We brought some beautiful horses here and it’s lovely to kick it off like that.”
Now, if McEvoy can have the same sort of day on Victoria Derby Day, he will be mentioned in the same breath with David Hayes, who notched six wins in the prestigious spring meeting in 1990.