The second Leg of the Premier Gateway International Jockeys Challenge was the $80,000 Kranji Stakes C Division 2 race over 1200m on Tuesday the 25th. The race featured Aussie rider Kerrin McEvoy, teaming up with Cliff Brown and riding the Australian owned galloper Mister Yeoh home in the second Leg, the $80,000.
Mister Yeoh, the winner of the Group 2 Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic (1400m) in March, was a hard luck story when running on 12th of August when as he was taking the lead that day, a horse on his inside carried him right off the track, and he finished a most unlucky fourth.
Race programming had made it difficult to find a suitable assignment since that race with the hope of stretching the son of Wanted out to 1400m. With no suitable race around, the Kranji Stakes C over 1200m was selected, and whilst Mister Yeoh did look the best horse in the race, he would have to carry top weight of 59.5kg.
Cliff gave Kerrin McEvoy the instructions to let him roll forward, and lead if necessary without expending any energy. The Australian hoop then produced a superbly judged ride, allowing Mister Yeoh to sit second behind the leader and stalked him to the turn. Quickly McEvoy let the big bay cruise to the lead in the straight, and in a superbly judged ride, didn’t pull the persuader until about the 150m. Mister Yeoh responded and under his big weight easily held out Chocante by a length. The winning time was a slick 1min 8.92secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.
The win by Kerrin McEvoy went a long way to helping Team Australia win the inaugral PGI International Jockey Challange.
Mister Yeoh has been a model of consistency, now having won three races from just six starts and a tick under $360,00 for his Australian owners Nick Turnball, Peter Hoban, and Gary Davey