Evans in command with winning treble
GIFTED jockey Dale Evans maintained his domination of Rockhampton racing this season with a winning treble at the Melbourne Cup Day races at Callaghan Park yesterday.
In the process of winning on Spanish Maiden ($17), Say I Won't ($1.80) and Sweet Taboo ($10), Evans provided bookmakers more so than punters with good results.
Sporting an eye-catching blue shirt that stood out more than his winner of the Maiden (1400m) in Spanish Maiden, trainer Clinton Thompson admitted the winner was a perplexingly nervous type.
"I rarely bring her to the track as she gets very stirry, so I mainly do all the work with her on my property away from Callaghan Park. I'm really pleased she has won and provided her owners Irene Clews and Bill Turner from Alpha with their first winner," Thompson said.
As expected Raymond West's Say I Won't won the Class 6 Plate (1050m) easily, by almost three lengths, from John Manzelmann's Snitzem ($2.80).
The Lennie Rodgers- trained Sweet Taboo ($10) provided Evans with the final leg of his treble by taking out the BM 60 (1050m).
Evans has now surged to the lead in the Rockhampton Jockeys' Premiership table for the season with 11 winners to date.
Rockhampton rider Tracy O'Hara completed a rare double for the day when she won on the Tim Cook- trained Highly Contagious ($11) in the Class 1 (1500m) run at 3.05pm.
At noon, 109km south, O'Hara had ridden the last race winner at Gladstone in Sialia Magic.
Raced by Rockhampton Jockey Club treasurer Jeff Leaver and family members, Highly Contagious (b g 5 Haradasun-Shady Affair x Danehill) commenced his racing career on October 1, 2011, when last behind champion Pierro in the Breeders Plate at Randwick.
Dispersed soon after, he has had a couple of stable changes and had only won once previously, on December 8, 2012, at Callaghan Park.
Cook has only had Highly Contagious a short time and has done a fine job to reinvent him as a winner.
Trainer Tom Button and his new stable addition, the apprentice rider Lee Attard, combined to win the BM 65 (1300m) with Smart Patrol.
The hectic schedule of race meetings at Callaghan Park continues with a TAB race program on Friday.