Despatch dazzles

Lightly-raced Despatch powered home to win the Listed $110,000 Redelva Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville on Saturday, April 21.

The Tony McEvoy trained three-year-old has now won three races from just six starts including missing 15 months of racing with knee issues.

Ridden by Victorian jockey Beau Mertens, Despatch ($5.50) raced away to win by 1-1/2 lengths from Fancy Rumble ($4.40 equal favourite) with True Excelsior ($7), a head away third.

After beginning well, Despatch settled midfield with a trail before Mertens allowed him to stride up early in the home straight and the gelding dashed away over the final 200 metres to win convincingly.

“He a good horse, a very good horse,” trainer Tony McEvoy said.

“He won well first up, then was a little flat second up but in hindsight we probably were too aggressive.

“Today, we added a tongue tie and told Beau to be a bit more conservative early and he rode the horse perfectly.

“That was a brilliant win today and I’m sure Despatch can prove competitive in tougher company.”

Despatch will now most likely head to the Group 2 UBET Euclase Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday, May 5.



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