Kerrin McEvoy Jockey Of The Month April 2018
Jockey Of The Month: April 2018 Kerrin McEvoy
He has not won the most races during the 2017 – 2018 Australian thoroughbred racing season, he has not outworked the other jockeys, his current win total of 52 trails Brenton Avdulla by 14, but we have picked Kerrin McEvoy as the betsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month of April 2018 for one simple reason.
$12,134,910 reasons, actually, as that figure represents the prize money he has taken in to this point, as of late April. It is doubtful that any of the other top hoops can catch or pass McEvoy for the prizemoney crown of the NSW jockeys. As the vast bulk of the big money races are done for the season.
McEvoy enjoys approximately a 50 percent edge in that category over his nearest competitors, Tye Angland, Blake Shinn and Avdulla. It is not as though McEvoy has had a banner April that prompted us to select him.
With the exception of his wins on Luvaluva in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick on April 7, and the Group 3 James Carr Stakes on Moss Trip at Randwick on April 21, McEvoy has won only benchmark races and a maiden for the month. It would actually appear as though McEvoy, by his standards and those of the racing business, has had a bad month. Rather, we noticed that we had overlooked McEvoy as the betsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month for all too long, so he was simply due as a matter of respect.
McEvoy is still riding like an apprentice, by which we mean he is showing up for work on a regular basis. Born in Streaky Bay, South Australia, he is already enshrined in the South Australian Racing Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2017.
He is just 37 years of age, so he could be around for a long time, as it is not uncommon for jockeys of his calibre to compete well into their 40s or longer. So, how did McEvoy open the huge margin he has on the three above him in the Sydney premiership standings?
The two-time Melbourne Cup winner (2000 and 2016), one-time Caulfield Cup winner (2008) and one time Golden Slipper Stakes winner (2011), pulled off the win of the season in October of 2017 when he guided Redzel to the victory in The Everest, a race that is worth $10 million total prizemoney and for which McEvoy was credited with close to half his total for the season to date.
By guiding the Peter and Paul Snowden trained sprinter to the win in The Everest, McEvoy opened a margin on his rivals that looks out of reach, as the prizemoney in Sydney for the last remaining months of the current season would not seem adequate for Avdulla, Shinn and Angland to close the gap.
Congratulations to the betsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month for April 2018, Kerrin McEvoy.