McEvoy delighted with Ponte treble

Godolphin’s boys in blue were the men to follow at Windsor and Pontefract after Frankie Dettori and Kerrin McEvoy landed seven races between them on Monday.

Godolphin’s boys in blue were the men to follow at Windsor and Pontefract after Frankie Dettori and Kerrin McEvoy landed seven races between them on Monday.

Dettori bounced back from a disappointing Arc weekend with a 1124-1 four-timer at the Berkshire venue.

Meanwhile, McEvoy stole the show with a near 170-1 treble on John Gosden’s duo Daylami Star and John Keats and the David Loder-trained Le Chiffre at Pontefract.

It was a terrific performance from the Australian and left him only one short of his revised target for the 2005 campaign.

The young jockey came over to Britain to ride as second jockey to the Godolphin operation and quickly established himself as a top-class rider who has been popular with punters and the media alike.

McEvoy, whose three-timer took him to 79 winners for the term, said: “My first target for the season was 60 and when I got to that I upped it to 80.

“It would be nice to get there before I head back to Australia in a week’s time.

“I think we may have some runners in the Caulfield Cup, and then there is the Melbourne Cup.

“I will stay out there [Australia] until I go out to Dubai in February.

“It has been a good season for me, and the highlight of course has to be winning on Dubawi.”

Three Thieves, one of two Mark Johnston runners, led the field into the straight in the EBF Claxton Bay Maiden Stakes, but McEvoy was sitting in just behind and moved Daylami Star, backed from 2-1 to 13-8, up to join him approaching the final furlong.

It was then a question of stamina but his partner always appeared to be going just the better and edged away to beat Three Thieves by a neck, with Qualify one and a half lengths away in third.

Gosden and McEvoy doubled up 30 minutes later when John Keats made it two wins from four starts in the Maraval Nursery.

Market leader Chase The Ace proved the most serious challenger, but McEvoy had kept a bit up his sleeve and coaxed his partner (11-2) forward in the last 150 yards to hold on by half a length.

Chase The Ace is trained by Tim Easterby, and the Great Habton trainer had to play second fiddle to McEvoy again in the Buccoo Reef “Premier” Claiming Stakes after Loder’s Le Chiffre (9-1) held off Harvest Warrior’s close attentions to score by a head.

Loder’s assistant Rick Loder said: “This horse has had little niggling problems and that is why this is only his second run.

“But he has always shown ability at home and but for the draw, he would have been strongly fancied.

“We were still confident he would be in the first three.”

Julie Camacho took her score for the season into double figures when the consistent Rio Riva (25-1) came out best under Tom Eaves in the Blanchisseuse Handicap.

Camacho’s husband Steve Brown said: “Rio Riva was bred by Julie’s mother Sue and when he failed to make his reserves as a yearling at the sales some owners in the yard took him on.

“He has done well for them and if he has another race this season it will be over a mile again at Ayr on October 29.

“Then we will probably have him gelded during the winter.”

Karl Burke was full of praise for stable apprentice Andrew Elliott after watching him produce Platinum Charmer (16-1) with a strong late run to land the dem Window Solutions Handicap.

The Leyburn trainer said: “Horses do run for Andrew, he rides well and I will send him to America for six weeks during the winter.

“That should do him a lot of good and he can have a crack at the apprentice championship next season.”

Pam Sly has been finding Pontefract a lucky course this season and she struck gold again when Skye’s Folly (12-1) won the Trinidad & Tobago Handicap under Michael Fenton.

Mrs Sly said: “Skye’s Folly came to me in the summer, but this is only his second run for me, he has a severe back problem and has to have injections deep into his spine.

“He has a lot of ability and we have to give him plenty of care and time.”

Neil Callan, who gained his first Group One success on Amadeus Wolf at Newmarket on Friday, took his score for the year to 134 on Geoff Huffer’s Obezyana in the concluding Caroni Maiden Stakes.

Callan said: “I rode this horse as a two-year-old when he finished second to Karen’s Caper, but I think he has had one or two little problems since then.”

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