Evans is back on his High horse, ready to win
GRACEMERE trainer Jim O'Shea has renewed an old partnership with the engagement of Dale Evans for Highest Power in the $40,000 NMW Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm in Brisbane on Saturday.
Evans confirmed yesterday that he would make the trip south to link-up with Highest Power who, with 55.5kg, is fourth highest of the 26 horses handicapped for the event.
Earlier in his career, Evans was the regular rider for Highest Power and the pair shared in many wins at Callaghan Park in Rockhampton.
Highest Power must be allowed to settle back in the field in his races and he has proved quirky to ride for some jockeys but it seems not for Evans.
O'Shea has campaigned for the last three weeks in Brisbane with Highest Power who has earned cheques on both occasions. Evans turns 22 on Saturday and in his return to race riding last Friday after a lay-off through toe surgery, he scored a winning treble.
Tomorrow, Evans has a number of rides at Mackay's TAB races including Set Canada, Crystal Appeal and Akers.
Rockhampton trainer Dave Vale plans to start six horses at the Moranbah races on Saturday.
Vale will be represented by Chief Harmony (Open), Louisville Lip (Class 3), Intuitive Lad and Redskin (Class 2), Sparkling Ascot (Class B) and Raw Ability (Maiden).