Four out of five ain’t bad

Angaston trainer Tony McEvoy landed his fourth winner in five days when Mazzaro scored at Gawler.

McEvoy, who trains at Kildalton Park, had two winners on the previous Saturday with star three-year-old Azazel winning at Flemington and Brown Ben scoring at Morphettville Parks, then on Tuesday, Antipas won at Pakenham Park.

Coming from slightly worse than midfield, Mazzaro, ridden by Jason Holder, came through to score a half-neck win from favourite Time Rogue with He’s A Valleyboy, five-and-a-half lengths away third in the Terrace Function Centre Maiden (1500m).

The three-year-old had to withstand a protest from Victor Wong, rider of the runner-up before victory was declared.

The pair did come together over the concluding stages but it was as Mazzaro was racing past the runner-up.

McEvoy said Mazzaro was a full brother to Niccoco which won the feature Palmerston Sprint in Darwin on Saturday.

“I bought him (Mazzaro) as a yearling on the strength of Niccoco,” McEvoy said.

“This bloke is taller and rangier than his brother.

“While Niccoco prefers shorter trips, Mazzaro likes to get over a bit of ground.”

McEvoy said he had been disappointed with Mazzaro’s debut run in February but after a break he had started to show a bit more on the track.

“He is definitely getting better and today’s win was very good – and the fact they beat the third horse easily might mean the first pair are worth following.”

McEvoy said he would possibly look for another provincial race for Mazzaro to keep building the three-year-old’s confidence.

Gawler trainer Gary Searle had a winner at Gawler while Mallala trainer Michael Mcclean landed his first provincial winner at Wednesday’s Gawler meeting.

Searle revealed Parting Shot, winner of the Gawler South Bakery Benchmark 56 Handicap (1100m) was on the market.

“She’s a five-year- old mare whose future is in the breeding barn so the owners are thinking of moving her on,” Searle said.

Parting Shot is owned by Searle in partnership with Gawler identities John Martin and Stephen Vandermyle and Adelaide accountant Ian Gore.

Well ridden by Joe Bowditch, Parting Shot, led throughout to score a half-length win from Sagano, with Boldacious Girl, one-and-a-quarter lengths away third.

Searle said he had kept the mare back for winter racing because she loved the rain-affected tracks.

“She has had foot issues from time-to- time but nothing we couldn’t handle and I’m sure she loves racing on tracks with a bit of give,” he said.

“I will look for a similar sort of race in about three weeks and hope the tracks are still soft or heavy.”

Bel Streak gave part-owner- trainer Michael Mcclean his first provincial winner in the Congratulations Gary Searle Benchmark 56 Handicap (1700m).

Mcclean, who hails from Mallala, brings his horses Gawler for trackwork, is a regular on the provincial and country circuit.

“I go anywhere to try and win – Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Penola but it is great to win my first provincial race at Gawler, my home track,” Mcclean said.

Bel Streak sat second and answered the hard riding of jockey Matthew Neilson to score by three-quarters of a length from Adolphin with Jimmytown Jewel, a half-head away third.

The next Gawler meeting will be on Wednesday, August 23.