10 out of 10 ride delivers Country Classic to Dunn

Nov 25, 2017

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy is widely regarded as one of the best riders of stayers in the country and he showed exactly why aboard Murwillumbah trainer, Matt Dunn’s Miss Dubois in the $100,000 Country Classic (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

McEvoy managed to navigate the seven-year-old from a horror draw of barrier 17 to being one off the fence, just worse than midfield with cover.

Then with a perfectly timed run, Miss Dubois built her momentum coursing wide into the straight to run down Wildflower ($26) for a three quarters of a length victory, with a further 1-3/4 lengths back to D’Beak ($31) in third.

“That was a gun ride,” Keira Dunn said.

“Kathy got off her last start and said she’ll stay all day and fortunately she was given a very good ride by Kerrin and was able to get the job done.

“It’s a massive credit to the team – I’m just lucky enough to be here on the day.”

McEvoy was humble in his assessment, giving the horse plenty of the credit.

“She went around to the post really lovely. It worked out nice early and went a bit pear shaped from the 600-700m on but I had the horse to get the job done,” McEvoy said.

On the strength of the win a shot at an even bigger prize is on the cards.

“Matt might decide to give her a break and then bring her back for something over the Winter carnival, she’s definitely up to that grade.”