A sunny day at the Yea races was the perfect Saturday for many families to watch apprentice jockey Rochelle Adams score her first win.TIM WOOD January 28, 2014 6:20pm
A large, long-weekend crowd turned up at Yea on Saturday to see the Kevin Evans-trained veteran Mr O’Postrophe score by three lengths in the Cup thanks to an outstanding ride by apprentice jockey Rochelle Adams.
Adams judged the track conditions at Yea perfectly and was able to use them to her advantage as she settled the horse in last place before storming down the outside of the track to win comfortably.
‘‘He always runs back in the field but we probably didn’t plan to get as far back as he did today, but he was comfortable back there so you go with it,’’ Adams said.
‘‘Not doing any work up the hill was the key to the race I felt and it was definitely better going out wide on the track, especially in the straight.’’
Still an apprentice, Adams’ weight claim also played a crucial part in the win according to trainer Kevin Evans.
‘‘We came into the race really well on weights,’’ Evans said.
‘‘Rochelle claimed three kilos which meant the top weight had to give us 10
It was an emotional victory for Adams, who was enjoying her first race day ride on the horse.
While Adams has ridden the horse in track work for the past six years, she has been unable to ride him on race days because she is restricted to picnic races and he has only ever raced at professional level.
However, when Evans decided to race the horse at the picnics for the first time at Yea, he had no hesitation in offering Adams the ride.
‘‘In the time I have worked for Kevin he has never run a horse at the picnics, so when he said he (Mr O’Postrophe) was going to Yea for the Cup and ‘do you want to ride him’, I nearly cried,’’ Adams said.
‘‘It is my first Cup win, and especially with that horse, it is a massive thrill.’’
Adams has worked for Evans for the past six years and he was happy to reward her with the ride.
‘‘Rochelle knows the horse well and really does a good job with him,’’ Evans said.
Two Seymour horses contested the Yea Cup but unfortunately both finished outside the placings.
Paul Maher’s Well Written finished in fourth place, while Lee and Shannon Hope’s Onerahi Bay lead the race to the top of the straight but weakened in the run home and finished sixth.
Earlier in the day, Seymour trainer Ray Plant enjoyed his second win with former NSW horse Cochin.
The four-year-old was sent out as favourite and didn’t disappoint because he won by three lengths for Seymour apprentice jockey Reece Goodwin.
Racing returns to Yea on Sunday, February 23 for the annual St Patricks Cup.
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