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Diver dominates

Trainer Tony McEvoy’s incredible run of winners at Balaklava continued when Diver led throughout to win the Des Ross Maiden (1200m) on Wednesday, August 22.

Earlier this year, McEvoy had a world record run of 13 straight victories at the track, and a total of 17 winners from his past 21 runners.

East Indiaman began a new streak on July 31, and Diver made it two in a row with his dominant win.

Ridden by Todd Pannell, Diver ($5.50 into $4.50), led throughout and dashed away to score by 3-1/2 lengths from Enough Swagger ($3.30 fav) with Marianne Ruby ($20), 1-1/4 lengths away third.

McEvoy said Diver was a three-year-old with potential.

“He showed me a lot in his first preparation, so much so I ran him first-up in a stakes race in Melbourne,” McEvoy said.

“He was a horse that needed time and that is why I deliberately gave him a long break.

“He had several trials early in the year then I gave him another spell.

“He had worked nicely, and I felt he was really suited to today’s race.”

Winning jockey Todd Pannell was impressed by the win.

He felt really good,” Pannell said.

“I let him roll forward from his good gate. He got softened up a bit in the run but being such a lightly race horse I didn’t want to press the button too soon.

“When I did ask him to go, away he went.