Horse Racing: McEvoy lands double as hot streak rolls on; SALISBURY.
KERRIN McEVOY continued his dazzling midsummer run with another double, to make it 14 winners in the last 14 days, with success on Gold Hush in the feature fillies' handicap and Charlie Delta in the claimer.
The Australian also has an enviable strike-rate at the track, with this double from three mounts boosting his record to 12 winners from just 35 rides. His win on Gold Hush in the 1m2f fillies' event maintained his perfect record of three from three for champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute at the course.
Gold Hush was making her handicap debut against her elders to boot, but McEvoy exuded confidence throughout and found a willing partner in the Gainsborough home-bred, who is out of a half-sister to Lammtarra.
In a tactical race, McEvoy was able to use the mile maiden winner's speed to kick clear into the final two furlongs and hold the staying-on favourite Pentatonic with ease.
McEvoy also challenged in the middle of the track on favourite Charlie Delta and again his challenge was well timed, the pair racing clear of Mannello under Cathy Gannon.
Trainer Jim Boyle's worst fears that the four-year-old might be claimed were realised when Milton Bradley got the nod at the pounds 13,000 price put up by the Epsom trainer, for the top weight.
Roger Teal has had a week to remember as Prince Of Charm gave the newest Epsom trainer a second winner to go with his first strike at Brighton from Purus last weekend.
The former assistant to Philip Mitchell took the plunge in April with a dozen horses out of the yard formerly used by Geoff Lewis, and this latest winner did not go unbacked for the 7f handicap.
Teal said: "I have a couple entered this weekend and might have to run them now! This horse's form has been on the all-weather, but we thought he would come good on the turf. He is rated 68 on the all-weather but only 60 on turf."
George Baker had to chase down Exit Strategy, who burst fully four lengths clear into the last two furlongs, but once Prince Of Charm was ahead it was all over, as he held Realy Naughty comfortably.
Baker was completing his own double, having clicked again with James Toller to make it two winners from two rides for the Newmarket trainer this year with success on Pagan Belief in the first division of the 7f maiden.
Parisian Dreammade it third time lucky in the second division, the Barry Hills-trained winner enjoying the sounder surface after two soft-ground runs, to continue Ryan Moore's rehabilitation - but Moore could make no inroads on table-topping jockey Seb Sanders, who had earlier won the two-year-old maiden auction on Ramblin Bob for local trainer Ralph Beckett.
Wild Fell Hall defied top weight in the 1m4f handicap under a strong frontrunning ride from Adam Kirby, to deny Moore, riding Eldorado, a double.
Former trainer Peter Harris, whose wife Caryl owns the four-year-old, said: "He is very honest and the question is whether he will stay further, and Adam thinks he will."
Currency put his younger rivals to shame in the apprentice handicap when just outnodding top-weight Seamus Shindig, who at five is half his age, to give Milton Bradley two winners to take home with him. Star performance
Gold Hush, beginning to live up to his blue-blooded breeding
Quote of the day
"It was good to see my landlord Lester Piggott looking well in the high street the other day, but I didn't tell him about this one" - Newmarket trainer James Toller after Pagan Belief's 14-1 maiden win
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 13, 2007|
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