Kerry McEvoy Jockey Of The Month November 2016
Jockey Of The Month - Kerrin McEvoy
Certain accomplishments supersede others and just as Almandin was our Horse of the Month on the strength alone of winning the Melbourne Cup, so our jockey of the month was selected with the same criterion, although Kerrin McEvoy’s month in November was not without other achievements.
To gain some idea, however, or what winning the Melbourne Cup will do for a jockey, here is a look at some of McEvoy’s statistics.
Eight other jockeys have won more times so far in the early stages of the 2016 – 2017 season, yet in terms of prize money; he is close to double that of his closest competitor, Dwayne Dunn, who has 24 wins to McEvoy’s 10. Only Hugh Bowman has fewer wins and is still 1.5 million of McEvoy’s prize money, and everyone knows that a certain thoroughbred named Winx is responsible for the bulk of Bowman’s $4.6 million haul.
Not one to long bask in the glory of his Melbourne Cup win, McEvoy was soon riding again, guiding Cool Chap to a second in a field of 15 for Lee and Anthony Freedman in an 1800 m race at Flemington.
That same day, he won the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate aboard Aspect, prepared for the 1000 m sprint by Tony McEvoy. Also on that same day, he rode Happy Hannah to third in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes, and then was aboard The United States for a fifth in the in the Group 1 LKS McKinnon Stakes, or as a certain Middle Eastern business concern would have it called, the Emirates Stakes.
He was at Sandown for the following meeting, where he rode eight races, winning the Sandown Cup aboard Qewy, Charlie Appleby’s Irish stayer over 3200m.
His next win came at Geelong on November 13 aboard Manuel. McEvoy then won twice on the 19th at Rosehill, first on the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Princefamous, and then on Religify, one of Chris Waller’s charges.
His next win was at Canterbury, when he took another of Waller’s horses, Miss Ballantine, to the win over 1550 m. His final win in November, discounting that there are still two days of racing left in the month, more than adequate time for someone of his ability to pick up anywhere from one to several wins, came on Serena Bay at Rosehill, where he picked up a win for Gai Waterhouse and her partner Adrian Bott.
All of South Australia can be proud of their native son Kerrin; both for his recent accomplishments, as well as another Melbourne Cup win in 2000 aboard Mike Mornoney’s Brew. He rode for Goldolphin for 11 years and turned in over 500 winners, 29 of which were Group 1. He left Goldolphin in 2014 and has continued on as a freelancer, where he is one of the most in-demand jockeys in the entire country.
Congratulations and heartfelt wishes to our November Jockey of the Month, Kerrin McEvoy