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McEvoy Rides Guineas Hopeful To Victory
Australian expat jockey Kerrin McEvoy scored a significant victory aboard Scarlet Runner in England's Gr3 Nell Gwyn Stakes (7 furlongs) for 3YO fillies at Newmarket overnight. By former Woodlands Stud shuttler Night Shift, Scarlet Runner (Night Shift-Sweet Pea, by Persian Bold) won by a neck from favoured Sander Camillo (Dixie Union-Staraway, by Star de Naskra) with a further half-a-length back to Blue Rocket (Rock Of Gibraltar-Champagne Girl, by Robellino). In the build up to the English summer Classics, the win over 1,000 Guineas pre-post favourite Sander Camillo has seen Scarlet Runner's odds tumble in from 50/1 to 8/1 in some quarters. According to racingpost.co.uk, "McEvoy, riding for the first time in Britain this year, made positive use of the filly's nine draw to take a lead position on the far rail and, when Sander Camillo challenged to their left up the middle, she stuck gamely to her task." Scarlet Runner's owner-breeder Nicholas Jones (a former chairman of the National Stud and a director of Ladbrokes) observed: "We have to have a crack at the 1,000 Guineas. Her dam won four times over a mile so I think there is enough stamina in the pedigree to suggest she will get the trip." McEvoy also went within a short-head of claiming another stakes race on the card when 3YO colt Tobosa (by Darley's shuttler Tobougg) missed by a short-head behind fellow 3YO colt Prime Defender (by Darley-owned Rich Hill Stud's shuttler Bertolini) in the Listed European Free Handicap (7 furlongs).