Angaston trainer Tony McEvoy landed a winning double at Young Guns race day conducted on Saturday by the Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club.
McEvoy’s two winners enabled him to increase his lead on the SA Trainers’ premiership with his closest rival, Darren Weir, having just one winner.
His first winner was the well backed First Diamond, which made a lot of people happy with her strong win in the Freeling Football Club Handicap (1200m).
Starting at $3.80, First Diamond, ridden by Jason Holder, scored a long neck win from Behemoth ($26) with Tongsai Boss ($13), a length away third.
The winner was purchased and syndicated by James Harron Bloodstock and representative Dean Elliott said it was possibly the horse with the most owners in their stable.
“It is a ladies’ ownership group and there are about six syndicates involved in the ownership,” Elliott said.
“First Diamond has improved with racing and continues to get better.
“There is a stakes race in a fortnight and hopefully she will be able to take part and pick up a bit of black type.”
Winning jockey Jason Holder said he was forced to go a bit earlier than he wanted but the filly had attacked the line in good style.
Melbourne mother and daughter Liz and Kate Davenport made the trip to Gawler to see their promising mare Miss Siska win the 1947 Wines Handicap (1500m).
Miss Siska brought up the Gawler double for McEvoy.
Ridden by Jamie Kah, Miss Siska ($2), a half-sister to the champion Hay List, raced away to win by 3-1/4v lengths from Snowbrook ($31) with Rothmoore, a short neck away third.
The mother and daughter share the ownership with Liz’s husband Terry, Elizabeth Davenport and Frank Polio. The group bred the mare as well as Hay List from their mare Sing Hallelujah.
“With the school holidays we made the trip to Adelaide yesterday and went to the Adelaide Zoo and saw the pandas before travelling around the Barossa today, then coming to Gawler to see Miss Siska,” Kate said.
The four-year-old mare settled fifth in running before Kah brought her around to share the lead turning for home.
Once in the straight, Miss Siska dashed away to win easily.
Assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy said, “it had been an easy watch.”
“She hadn’t raced for a few weeks and had a bit of a blow after the race,” McEvoy said.
“She keeps improving and I think she will be just as well suited at 1600 metres. She is progressing nicely and looks to have a nice future.”
Saturday’s win was her fourth from just nine starts.
Freeling footballer Izak Poulten proved himself the fastest in the Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association with a strong win in the Gawler Caravan Park Footballers Sprint at the Young Guns race day.
Poulten proved himself the quickest with a good win from Kapunda’s Brad Matters with eight of the nine BL&G clubs represented.
He picked up $1000 as the winner’s reward.
Other runners were Declan Kennedy (Barossa District), Aaron Laverty (Nuriootpa Rovers), Jake Hood (Angaston), Dylan Pilkington (Gawler Central), Brodie Cormack (Willaston) and Ben Biagi (Tanunda).
The Saturday Gawler meeting was very popular with The Terrace Function Centre booked out for meals and about 100 people celebrating in the Young Guns area, sponsored by Gawler’s The Exchange Hotel.
The next Gawler meeting is on Sunday, July 29.