McEvoy hit by new bans as he bids to adjust to Australian racing
KERRIN MCEVOY has admitted he is struggling to adapt to the different style of riding back home in Australia since he left Godolphin to ride as retained jockey for Sheikh Mohammed's nascent operation in the country.
A successful week in the saddle turned sour for the rider on Saturday when he was handed two careless riding bans at Rosehill in Sydney that will keep him sidelined for six meetings.
McEvoy, who also rode a double at the meeting, has now been banned four times since he returned to Australia last month to become Darley's number one at trainer Peter Snowden's Warwick Farm base.
"Even though I'm Australian it's taking me a while to adjust back to the Australian style of racing," McEvoy said.
"I have had to make adjustments to my riding," he told the Melbourne Herald Sun.
"The tracks are bigger in England, the horses are trained differently and the races are generally run at a slower tempo."
McEvoy's latest suspension began immediately and he won't be eligible to ride until George Main Stakes day at Randwick in twoweeks. He was handed a five-meeting ban at Canterbury last month, a week after getting four meetings at Gosford.
Until Saturday's ban, last week was McEvoy's best since he went back to Australia. He rode a double at Canterbury on Wednesday and two more at Rosehill for Snowden on the mares Neroli and Disciplined, who both won handicaps.
After Neroli was impressive in a 71/2f handicap, Snowden defended his rider. "I think the criticism that Kerrin has copped has been a little unwarranted, he just had a bit of ring-rust," said Snowden.
As if to prove the point, McEvoy gave Disciplined a bold front-running ride in a sprint handicap.
"Had she drawn better, she might not have had to go so hard out in front but Kerrin rode her well,"said Snowden.
"She responds to hands and heels riding and gives everything."
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