Crockett's impressive debut

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Trainer Tony McEvoy landed South Australia’s first two-year-old race of the 2017/18 season when Crockett produced an impressive display in the James Boag’s Plate (1000m).

The win was special for Wayne Mitchell, of McEvoy-Mitchell Racing, who picked the colt out at the 2017 Magic Million Gold Coast Sales.

Mitchell liked him from the first time he saw the son of All American and went to $180,000 to purchase the colt.

Backed from $2 to start $1.75 favourite, Crockett, ridden by Jamie Kah, accelerated strongly up the home straight to score by 1-3/4 lengths from More Than Exceed ($8.50) with Tequila Time ($8.50), 2-3/4 lengths away third.

Assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy said Crockett had been a very headstrong horse early in training.

“The team at home deserve all the credit,” McEvoy said.“They have educated the colt so well he is now a professional.

“Jamie rode him brilliantly. She didn’t bustle him early but let him find his feet then weaved her way between runners to go clear to victory.”

McEvoy said the excellent way Crockett hit the line indicated he might be worth a trip to Melbourne during the spring carnival.

“We’ll see how he comes through the race but, on that effort, he looks worthy of a chance in a tougher race.

“On his breeding, you would think he would be even better next preparation and as a three-year-old – and over more ground.”


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