LEADING jockey Kerrin McEvoy makes a rare appearance at Dowling Forest Racecourse today.
It will be a busy one though.
McEvoy has five rides at a home away from home, being married to Cathy Payne who grew up living within a stone’s throw of the Ballarat racecourse and with father-in-law Paddy Payne still there.
McEvoy is the number one rider for Darley in Australia, headed up by Sydney trainer Peter Snowden.
Snowden is leading the Australian trainers’ premiership with 121 wins.
McEvoy has chalked up 51 wins nationwide for a massive $5 milion in stakes.
His first engagement today is from the Flemington arm of Snowden’s multi-state operation – Incrimination in the Redbank Three-Year-Old Fillies Maiden, 1100m.
This is Incrimination’s first start south of the Murray River, having had three thirds in five starts in New South Wales.
She has not raced since August, but has been tried in listed company and McEvoy has ridden her twice.
He has also been secured for last-start winner Jungle Fighter for the in-form Ballarat stable of Dan O’Sullivan in the Hygain Showcase 0-68 Handicap, 2300m. Jungle Fighter was emphatic in scoring at Warrnambool, when he swooped from near last at the 400m and ran away over 2234m.
The question mark over Jungle Fighter is his inability to put big runs together. He is a regular winner, but this campaign has had two or three runs between each.
THERE is no jockey in better form than Glen Boss at the moment and he could be the one to upstage McEvoy’s appearance at the second Ballarat race meeting in four days. Boss has romped away in the Melbourne metropolitan premiership to be on 41 wins, 16 clear of nearest rival Luke Nolen.
Boss has five rides for four of the states leading trainers - Mick Price, Robert Smerdon, Mick Kent and Peter Moody.