McEvoy strikes early in Shergar Cup
Kerrin McEvoy’s first Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup resulted in a win, when he prevailed by a short-head on Secretinthepark in the opening Shergar Cup Dash. The Australian, captain of the Rest Of The World team, returned to the winner’s circle draped in his country’s flag, pleased to be able to fly it on the day the Australian cricketers lost the Ashes.
“There’s be plenty of Aussies sitting up thinking they’d be watching the cricket,” he said, “so maybe they’ll watch this instead and my win will at least perhaps give them something to smile about. With social media, there will be people watching the Shergar Cup worldwide, it has quite an international following.”
McEvoy praised his mount, who beat Dutch Masterpiece, with Justice Day third in the five-furlong contest. “He’s gallant and has done it well,” he said. “and fair play to Robert [Cowell, trainer], who said he was in good form.
“I took it easy early on and kept building,” he said. “Jamie [Spencer, on stablemate Green Door] took me to the two pole, then I was on my own for the rest of the way.
“I thought that I had held on, but I’m the worst judge in a tight photo. The horse did a great job and is obviously in good form, and is very game.
“It’s a great start for the Rest Of The World and is a great buzz to come back here [to Britain] and ride a winner. This day is a great concept and fair play to Dubai Duty Free for putting it on, it’s a good fun day out for everyone.”
Secretinthepark had not won for more than two years, but had run creditably in defeat, including at Ascot two runs ago last month. “Robert feels he is between a five and six furlong horse,” said assistant trainer Greg Chung, “so the stiff five at Ascot suits him. We were delighted with both the jockeys we drew, and this one is Kerrin’s sort of ride.
“He ran out of his skin when he was here last time, and he came out of a run at Goodwood last week in great form, and the fast ground was right up his street so we felt he deserved to take his chance. I’m just sorry the owners weren’t here – it was the first time they’ve not turned up and he’s gone and won and they couldn’t share it.”
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