Oh what a Beauty
The ability of trainers Tony & Calvin McEvoy to place horses to win was evident again when smart mare Beauty won at Morphettville Parks on Saturday, February 22.
A recent winner at Moonee Valley, then luckless in Tasmania, Beauty was brought back to Adelaide and proved too strong in the Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (1250m).
An easing $4.20 favourite, the four-year-old mare was given the run of the race by Jason Holder before sprinting home strongly to win by two lengths from front runner Runson ($5.50) with Zalmona ($5) a head away third.
Pre-race the mare had to be reshod but remained calm.
Holder had Beauty away well but with good early speed was happy to allow her to settle midfield on the rails on settling down.
Turning for home he stayed inside, and the field fanned allowing the mare to emerge as a serious challenger and she quickly put the issue beyond doubt.
Beauty now has an impressive record of five wins and two placings from just 14 starts for stakes of $207,650.
Trainer Calvin McEvoy said the mare had been impressive after the pre-race issue.
“The guys behind the barriers know what they are doing,” McEvoy said.
“I saw that she was standing there behaving herself.
“It is only when they start playing up that you might get a bit worried.
“I was really happy with her today.
“Two starts ago she was fantastic at Moonee Valley then she had a tough run in Hobart last start.
“What a beautiful ride there by ‘Stubbie’ (Jason Holder).
“He saved all the ground and she was fantastic.”
McEvoy said Beauty was a real trier.
“She has a good group of owners, a few of my cousins (Streaky Bay Racing Syndicate) are in the horse so it is about time they buy me a beer I think when I catch up with them.
“She is already a Listed winner at Moonee Valley, but we will keep trying to find suitable black type races for her.
“The Adelaide carnival is coming up so we will keep her ticking over.”
Jockey Jason Holder said it had been a good win.
“She travelled well and presented herself turning for home,” Holder said.
“When I asked her for an effort on the corner, I felt like she had a bit in the tank.
“It was good to get the inside run and she accelerated beautifully.”