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10-year Celebration

The highly successful thoroughbred business McEvoy Mitchell Racing celebrated its 10th anniversary at Murray Bridge on Saturday, July 4 with a hat-trick of wins.

The father-and-son training partnership of Tony & Calvin McEvoy landed Hypersonic, Winning Partner and Blow Torch to give themselves an anniversary present.

McEvoy Mitchell Racing, with a home base at Kildalton Park, Angaston, began in 2010 and has blossomed into one of the country’s leading racing stables.

Trainer Tony McEvoy was delighted to celebrate the McEvoy Mitchell Racing milestone with a trio of wins.

“The fourth of July, 10 years since we started our business with Wayne Mitchell my business partner,” McEvoy said.

“We started with two horses and it has been a very interesting and very enjoyable 10 years.

“We’ve built a good team of horses and when The Brumby won recently at Murray Bridge it was our 1000th winner.

“I’ve got really good people around me, and that is the key.

“I’ve really enjoyed the 10 and look forward to the next 10.”

The McEvoy Mitchell Racing story began when David Hayes decided to relocate his Lindsay Park racing business to Euroa in Victoria and placed the Angaston based property on the market.

Tony McEvoy had the option of moving to Euroa to continue his association with Lindsay Park, or staying in the Barossa Valley where his family had strong roots.

After a 33-year association with the Lindsay Park racing establishment of the family of Colin Hayes, Tony McEvoy joined up with businessman Wayne Mitchell who was seeking to build his thoroughbred involvement.

Mitchell acquired the 93ha parcel of Lindsay Park known as ‘Raceside’, which boasted the training mecca established by the late C S Hayes in the 1960’s.

On Sunday, July 4, 2010, Raceside’s name was changed to Kildalton Park and McEvoy Mitchell Racing began.

The property has stabling for 120 horses; grass and visco ride training tracks, horse pool, vet, farrier and staff amenities.

More than 1000 winners have been prepared under the banner with nine at the elite Group One level, firstly with Tony McEvoy as the trainer, and now in partnership with his son Calvin. There have been 12 winners of Group 2 races, 29 at Group 3 level and 50 Listed race victors.

Stakemoney won by horses trained by the McEvoys is a mammoth $50,300,000.

Champion mare Sunlight and the outstanding Hey Doc, with multiple Group One wins, have been the standout performers among a host of quality gallopers.

When McEvoy Mitchell Racing was formed, both Tony McEvoy and Wayne Mitchell wanted to be good corporate citizens as well as a successful racing enterprise.

MMR has been involved with a number of charities including the Whitten Foundation and the Hutt Street Centre. It also was happy to join with Thoroughbred Racing South Australia in promoting horse ownership through the Dare To Dream syndicates.

The business has also been a strong employer through Thoroughbred Industry Careers.

Local sporting clubs also have benefitted from McEvoy Mitchell Racing sponsorship.

McEvoy Mitchell Racing continues to grow with the building of stables at Ballarat in Victoria where Calvin will move to oversee the operation.