Evans saddles first track winner
REPORT: SOUTHWELL, Tuesday
FORMER jump jockey James Evans, who took out a full licence two years ago,sent out his first winner on the course when Shakespeare's Son took the 5f handicap.
Beaten a head on both his previous starts, the son of Mind Games had the head verdict in his favour this time, Duran Fentiman keeping him up to his work to hold the late run of Bishopriggs to get off the mark at his 12th attempt.
"He deserved that," said the winning trainer, who used to ride for among others Martin Tate, and is based at Honeybourne near Evesham.
"My wife Jane and I took out a licence a couple of years ago, and this is our fourth win on the Flat, though we've had a few over jumps as well."
Paddy Rielly landed a few good bets when he took the 1m4f handicap, although it was a close call for the three-year-old, who was 10-1 in themorning but was sent off joint favourite at 9-2. Ridden by the trainer's son Richard, he scraped home by just a short head from top-weight Black Falcon and then had to survive a stewards' inquiry for he edged right in the closing stages. However, after alengthy deliberation, the placings were confirmed.
"I sent him toCatterick last time but that was a waste of time as he didn't handle the track. He's a big, strong horse and he'll make a lovely jumper," said Evans.
Godolphin's Ever Loved, who was bought for 250,000gns at the breeze-up this year, landed the 1m maiden for juveniles. Partnered by Ted Durcan, the daughter of Gone West, who had finished out of the frame on her two previous starts, was sent off at 8-1 and improved on those previous efforts on her first run on sand, running on well in the straight to beat the favourite, Choral Festival, by two and a half lengths.
The nursery also went to Newmarket, with victory going to Silent Hero from the Michael Jarvis yard. Although the home-bred son of Oasis Dream travelled well, he ran green when first asked for his effort, and although he got to the front over a furlong out, he then idled and Neil Callan had to keep him right up to his work to hold the late run of Dark Oasis by a neck.
Callan went on to complete a double on the Clive Brittain-trained Mahadee, who gained his second win of the season when making much of the running to take the 1m handicap for three-year-olds by a length from Indy Driver.
Crying Aloud from the Paul Blockley yard made it two wins from two runs on the track when taking the 6f handicap. Sent off a 16-1 chance, Stephen Donohoe brought her late up the centre of the track to get the better of Realt Na Mara by half a length.
Trainer David Evans and his team for landing a punt with PaddyRielly, who was backed into 9-2 joint favourite from a morning high of 10-1