Winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy predicts a bright future for Takedown after he led all of the way to win the Group 3 $150,000 The Schweppervescence (1400m) at Rosehill.
The Gary Moore trained Takedown made it a hat trick of wins after winning his maiden over 1100m at Hawkesbury on February and then went to Canberra to take out the Group 3 $275,000 Seppelt Black Opal Stakes (1200m) on March 8
Takedown led all of the way for Jay Ford to win thhe Black Opal Stakes and McEvoy had no worries about adopting the same tactics at Rosehill today.
“He’s a progressive big horse this fella,” McEvoy said after the win.
“He won well over shorter trips and Gary was pretty confident that 1400m was going to suit him today and they were right.”
“He bounce quickly, got a massive stride, he is a very genuine colt and he is only going to improve over further.”
“He has a lovely way about him, he has a nice attitude and he is very easy to ride. It makes our job easier.
Takedown ($8) left the barrier’s cleanly and McEvoy was able to maintain the lead in the early stages when taken on by by Street Rapper and then Inner Circle and even though he wandered around in the straight a couple of times, the Stratum gelding raced away at the finish to score a comfortable one and a quarter lengths win.
Street Rapper ($6.50) found the line okay to run second with Mine Two ($13) running home for third.
Equal favourites and stablemates Wolf Cry ($5) and Delawar ($5) were always well back in the field before finishing fifth and sixth.
Moore had also entered Takedown for the Listed $100,000 State Wide Sheds Wellington Boot (1100m) at Wellington on Sunday and made the right move by bringing him to Rosehill today.
The former champion jockey rated today’s win as a trainer better than winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe which he won on Gold River in 1981.
“I can say this is better than winning the Arc de Triomphe, being champion jockey anywhere in the world,” Moore said.