Game effort … Everage fights on at Rosehill at the behest of Nathan Berry, who lost his goggles in the drive to the line.EVERAGE did everything right, and the favourites did everything wrong.
It was as simple as that at Rosehill on Saturday when the Craig Carmody-trained filly held off her more fancied rivals and, in the process, signalled her serious Blue Diamond Stakes aspirations in the Spotless Handicap.
Heavily backed horses Aussies Love Sport and Twilight Royale were slow out of the gates as Everage bounded out to lead.
From there, they struggled to catch Everage as she ploughed through the heavy ground.
A gallop last Tuesday morning was enough to convince Carmody his filly would eat up the heavy 10 track that jockey Nathan Berry described as the ”heaviest” Rosehill surface he had ridden on.
”I was apprehensive, but after riding her on Tuesday on the heavy, I knew she’d handle it,” Carmody said.
”We had a deluge on the Monday and the B-grass at Randwick was a heavy 10 and she relished it, so that put away any fears I had.
”She obviously loves the heavy and she travelled beautifully through it and he [Nathan Berry] rode her particularly well.
”I was pleased to see that post come, it was a big effort.”
An encouraging run at Canberra a week earlier gave Berry enough confidence to believe Everage could beat the better-backed runners.
”She was quite green up the running, but she relished the track today and when the other horses got to me, she actually kicked again and found plenty,” Berry said. ”Being one of Craig’s horses, he doesn’t put a lot of pressure on them, so there’s definitely a lot of improvement there. I was quite buoyant about her when I trialled her the first time. I told Craig that I think she’s got a bit of ability and she’ll definitely win a Saturday-class race.”
Berry resisted comparing Everage with other top two-year-olds as her trainer contemplated a Blue Diamond Stakes tilt, but said she was not out of place. ”I ride a lot of Gai [Waterhouse’s] two-year-olds and obviously they’re quite a good class, but she gives me a great feel. I think she needs to strengthen and furnish, but once she does that she’ll make the mark.”
Carmody was not getting carried away with the Blue Diamond just yet, knowing the class of the race.
”It’s a huge step up but we’ll see how she pulls up and just let the next 10 days unfold and see how she goes,” he said.
Twilight Royale ran all over the track as she ran on for second while Aussies Love Sport seemed lost without the blinkers on and never looked a threat, finishing out of the places. Aussies Love Sport looked as if he would make a better three-year-old.
”He never travelled and was slow away, but fought to the line,” jockey James McDonald said.
Christian Reith had trouble in the barriers once again at Rosehill when Parfuri reared in the gates and was a late scratching. Chief steward Ray Murrihy decided Parfuri should be sent back to the trials.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.