Jockey Kerrin McEvoy is happy to be back down under and reuniting with Gai Waterhouse’s progressive import Excess Knowledge who returns to racing in the 2015 PB Lawrence Stakes this weekend.
McEvoy was in England last week in the Shergar Cup at Ascot and this Saturday makes the trip to Melbourne for the ride on Monsun stallion Excess Knowledge in the $200,000 Group 2 Back to Caulfield P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
Current PB Lawrence Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering a Bonus Bet if your first fixed odds win bet runs second or third in the weight-for-age feature, are led by Wez Hunter’s in-form eight-year-old Smokin’ Joey ($3.40).
The past The Goodwood winning veteran comes off back-to-back wins, most recently in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes at the Caulfield track and he’s drawn a treat in barrier three to salute again this weekend.
Six-year-old Excess Knowledge is also at single figures occupying the third line of PB Lawrence Stakes betting at $4.60 with McEvoy riding the import from barrier seven of nine.
The horse has a solid first-up record of two wins, a second and a third from five previous runs when resuming and has had two good Randwick trials leading into his spring start where McEvoy is happy to jump aboard.
“There was nothing set in stone quality-wise and with this horse impressing me last time in and with his trial this time in, I think he’s worth coming down for on Saturday for sure,” McEvoy told Racenet.
During the autumn Excess Knowledge had two starts for two wins including the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) at Rosehill where McEvoy rode him to victory before Waterhouse sent him out for a spell to acclimatise to the conditions in Australia before the spring.
“Gai just wanted to have an easy time with him with her main focus being the spring,” McEvoy said of the horse who shares a sire with Waterhouse’s Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.
“Obviously she knows that breed quite well and hopefully it can come to fruition.
“He’s moved nicely in his trials this time around.”
He is nominated for both the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17 and the $3 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley the following Saturday, with Waterhouse yet to confirm which path the galloper will go down post-Saturday.
A lot rides on his performance in the PB Lawrence Stakes then, but McEvoy is confident he’ll be right in the mix in some of the season’s upcoming majors.
“If he can just keep heading in the right direction and get out to a mile and a half or even further, he could just have the little engine to compete in better races,” McEvoy said.
Along with Smokin’ Joey and Excess Knowledge the other best fancied galloper in the PB Lawrence Stakes odds at $4.20 is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Dibayani, a former Hong Kong galloper debuting down under this weekend.
Lindsay Park also have Bletchingly Stakes third placed four-year-old Petrology ($7.50) lining up in the race from the outside barrier with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
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