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Mr O'Postrophe bounces back into form

Guided by young jockey Rochelle Adams, Tatura-trained Mr O'Postrophe has stormed to an unexpected win at the Yea Cup.

OLIVER CAFFREY January 27, 2014 4:33am

The Tatura-trained Mr O’Postrophe produced an amazing against-the-odds run to claim the 2100m Yea Cup on Saturday.

Young Tatura jockey Rochelle Adams guided the eight-year-old gelding to victory in the $1600 main race of the picnic meet.

Adams, 23, rode Mr O’Postrophe from last during the opening stages to a comfortable three-length victory.

Kevin Evans said credit needed to go to the Mansfield-raised Adams for guiding his horse to the win after some indifferent recent form.

It was Mr O’Postrophe’s first victory since a win at Wodonga in May last year.

‘‘It was so good for her (Adams), it’s her first year riding and was able to get her first win on New Year’s Day, so it’s great for the hard work she continues to put in,’’ Evans said.

‘‘You’ve just go to look at his recent record, which has been pretty average, so to win this was a bit of a thrill — Rochelle was absolutely over the moon to have got over the line.’’

Adams moved to Tatura six years ago to ride for Evans after riding at a pony club most of her life.

After her first career win on New Year’s Day at Merton, she followed it by winning at Healesville.

Adams counts Mr O’Postrophe as her favourite horse to ride, but Saturday’s win was the first time she rode the gelding in a competitive race.

Mr O’Postrophe finished in front of Heartofthedevil and Pegembak on a slow seven track after heavy rain on Friday softened up the ground.

‘‘I think the good drop of rain helped this horse a lot going into the race and I suppose that had a bit to do with it, but Rochelle was able to bring him home really well,’’ Evans said.

Evans said he was unable to see most of the race due to people being in his way, and almost gave up looking during the opening stages.

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