Keith Dryden backs Kerrin McEvoy to deliver goods on his runners

Getting a leading rider on often makes all the difference in a race in town and Canberra trainer Keith Dryden is hoping a multiple Melbourne Cup winner can deliver him glory.

Dryden has booked Kerrin McEvoy to ride Express Courier in a Benchmark 72 Handicap (1900m) and he’ll leave it up to the top hoop to give the five-year-old the perfect ride.

He will have to do it out of gate seven with the top weight.

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“He’s going good but has plenty of weight with 59.5kg and I’m not 100 per cent sure yet that Canterbury will suit him,” Dryden said.

“I’m just going to let Kerrin ride him how he feels he’s going.

“He generally gets back a bit further than he did the other day so I’ll just make him aware of that but all these top jockeys watch the films anyway.

“It makes such a difference having those leading riders on. They really know what they’re doing.”

Off a fourth placing behind Nyami over 1800m last start and with two wins in his past five runs he’s really enjoying his racing ahead of his first run at Canterbury.

“He worked well the other morning so I’m happy with him and it wouldn’t be beyond him winning if everything fell into place for us,” Dryden said.

Shores Of Avalon ends the night for Dryden in the last race over 1100m and she’s only coming out of country racing this time in with a win and third placing but she’s going to be suited to tonight’s track.

She’s going to be on speed from barrier two under Jay Ford and will be starting over the odds.

She’s put together a good record to date with four wins from 10 runs with two placings so she deserves a crack in town.

“She’s got a good record but hasn’t been tried over any further than the 1000m so it will be interesting to see how she goes,” Dryden said.

“I think she’ll like Canterbury and she’s got good pace so she’ll be right there somewhere for a long way.

“She’s a strong each-way chance if she’s good odds. If it was to rain she might not be much of a chance though because she doesn’t like the wet.”

To kick off Dryden’s evening, first starter In De Sun Iwilcome races in the third event and McEvoy has also been booked to ride her.

She’s an I Am Invincible mare who cost a cool $380,000 and she’s out of Island Pago who is the half-sister to Pago Rock.

“She cost a bit and she’s going along all right,” Dryden said.

“She’ll need education more than anything and she’s going along quite nicely and has drawn well.”

Dryden has been cautious about her winning chances leading up to the race despite two winning trials.

He said she’s going to be a lot better once she figures out what the game is all about.

“She’s not doing anything wrong except she wants to over race a bit. She’s starting to come to it,” he said.

“She’ll be on the pace.”


Local trainer Scott Singleton is backing his Dream Ahead filly Baiyka to not only be a better horse at Scone but genuine winning hope.

The three-year-old races in the fifth event after running a close second at Muswellbrook last start over 900m and the extra 100m is ideal.

She’s only had four starts to date but has ran second on two occasions and this is her time to win from barrier three with regular rider Billy Cray on.

“I think she’s peaking now,” Singleton said.

“She was a little underdone first-up then she jumped out of the ground last start so she gets her chance from a good barrier at home.

“The form out of that last race is pretty good. The winner won again and the horse that ran third has won so is looks like a good race for her.”

Singleton will also debut Stocklist in the second race and despite getting a good gate (four) for her first run, the Tavistock mare is going to need much more than 1300m

“She needs 2000m and further,” Singleton said.

Stablemate Remlaps Gem won’t run in the sixth race at Scone but will be sent to Sydney for Saturday’s Class 3 Plate, a Highway race.

He’s won two of his four starts to date and ran second last time at Muswellbrook but he’s going to start as the second most inexperienced horse in the race.

“He’s come on a lot from that first-up run. He’s a big horse so he needed that run and it’s really cleaned him up,” Singleton said.

“He’s only had four starts so he is probably getting there a few runs early but there’s not that many races for him and he’s carrying 60kg out here.

“It’s come to a point where you need to take him away because he’s been a bit looked after. He’s only had runs at Scone and Muswellbrook so he hasn’t been more than half an hour in a float.

“I’m hoping like hell he can run 1200m because he’ll be a good horse if he can.”

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Kerrin McEvoy’s Melbourne Cup whip fine cut on appeal

The Victorian Racing Tribunal has slashed jockey Kerrin McEvoy’s $50,000 fine for overuse of the whip in last Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

McEvoy copped the huge fine after pleading guilty to using the whip 13 times, eight more than allowed, on runner-up Tiger Moth before the 100m of the Melbourne Cup.

McEvoy was also suspended for 13 meetings for the offence. He did not appeal the suspension, only the financial sanction.

McEvoy earned $55,000 in riding percentages on Tiger Moth. Stewards stripped more than 90 percent of that amount with the whopping fine.

The Victorian Racing Tribunal cut the jockey’s fine to $30,000 on Monday morning.

VRT chairman Judge John Bowman noted McEvoy’s penalty was far higher than the ones meted out to other jockeys for similar infringements.

Bowman said his research indicated the highest previous fine for a whip breach represented 55 percent of a rider’s winnings.

He said stewards had the right to impose a tough penalty for high-profile whip breaches. However, McEvoy’s financial penalty was too steep.

“I’m not saying the protocol excludes it. It does not. However, the general penalty has been approximately 50 per cent of five per cent of the prizemoney, ranging up to 55 per cent,” Bowman said.

“A fine of 90.9 percent of five percent of the stake money seems, to me, to be excessive.

“The financial penalty is varied to $30,000, which is, in percentage terms, approximately 55 percent of the five percent of stake money.”

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Melbourne Cup jockey Kerrin McEvoy fined $50,000, suspended by officials for overuse of whip on Tiger Moth

If finishing a narrow second in the Melbourne Cup wasn’t bad enough, Kerrin McEvoy’s afternoon got even worse in the stewards’ room.

The jockey was fined $50,000 and suspended for 13 meetings for breaching the whip rules on Tiger Moth, striking the horse 13 times before the 100m mark and 21 times in total.

The rules allow jockeys to use the whip five times before the 100m mark.

McEvoy pleaded guilty and will begin his penalty after he rides at the VRC Oaks meeting at Flemington on Thursday where his mounts include Tyche Goddess in the Group One race.

He will be free to return to the saddle on November 15, missing the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

McEvoy rode the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse, who was running in the Cup in only his fifth race.

Tiger Moth had to chase down the all-the-way leader, Twilight Payment, in the home straight.

McEvoy’s horse was still two lengths behind at the 200m mark.

When they came to the clock tower at the 150m mark, Tiger Moth was still a length behind as McEvoy urged the horse along — it continued to close on the leader, but finished 0.4 lengths behind in second place.

Kerrin McEvoy won his third Melbourne Cup on Cross Counter in 2018, but he fell short of a fourth victory in 2020.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts, file photo)

McEvoy, from Streaky Bay in South Australia, was attempting to equal the record for most Cup wins by a jockey.

McEvoy had previously won on Brew in 2000, on Almandin in 2016 and on Cross Counter in 2018.

The record is held by Bobby Lewis and Harry White, who both won four Cups.


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Melbourne Cup 2020, Kerrin McEvoy fine, Tiger Moth, whip

Melbourne Cup runner-up Kerrin McEvoy has been fined $50,000 and suspended for the next 13 meetings for overuse of the whip in Tuesday’s race.

McEvoy pleaded guilty to the charge, having whipped Tiger Moth 13 times before the 100m mark and 21 times overall.

Jockeys are permitted to strike their mounts a maximum of five times before the 100m mark. McEvoy is now suspended until November 14.

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