Footy stars kick a goal
Several well-known AFL football identities shared in the winning spoils of the Tony McEvoy-trained Now And Forever at Strathalbyn on Wednesday, February 20.
Recently retired ex-Adelaide Crow and later Melbourne star Bernie Vince, Fremantle legend Matthew Pavlich and Adelaide Crows co-captain Taylor Walker feature among the ownership group which also includes Adelaide Crows chairman Rob Chapman.
Now And Forever ($2.80), ridden by Jason Holder, led throughout to win the Festival Hire Maiden (1200m) by 1-3/4 lengths from Lope De Wolf ($2.05 fav) with White Heath ($4), a half-length away third.
Assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy said the filly deserved to win after a string of consistent performances.
“She is quite a tough filly as this was her sixth run this preparation,” McEvoy said.
“She has been racing consistently without winning so we changed her prep for today with a bit of show jumping and jumping over logs changing her mindset a bit.
“Jason (Holder) took the iniaitive today and dictated in front – it was a great ride.”
McEvoy said he and Tony would chat with the owners to determine a future program for Now And Forever.
Winning jockey Jason Holder said the filly had done it well in front.
“I rode her last start at Gawler and probably went a bit early,” Holder said.
“Today, she had a good run coming up the hill, then I was able to give her a kick.
“When I asked for an effort she responded in great style.”
Now And Forever, by Mossman, cost $60,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, and now has a win and three placings from just six starts.