Kerrin McEvoy has ridden a career-high five winners in a day, bringing up the milestone on the Gerald Ryan-trained Washington Heights at Randwick.
The win gave Ryan some consolation when Washington Heights fought back after being headed by the Chris Waller-trained Dawn Wall in the Schweppes Handicap (1400m).
Earlier the Ryan-trained Red Excitement looked like he could pull off the upset of the year before champion Winx ran him down in the Chelmsford Stakes.
As for McEvoy’s achievement, Ryan was quick to jokingly point out he had done the same in his former life.
“I rode five in a day at Warrnambool once,” he said.
“Why shouldn’t Kerrin do it at Randwick.”
McEvoy, who has two Melbourne Cups among his many Group One trophies was understandably thrilled.
“I’ve never had five in a day before,”, he said.
“And Washington Heights fought back so it was a really good win.”
Ryan said the Group Two Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in three weeks was a possible target for Washington Heights.
McEvoy’s other winners were Up ‘N’ Rolling, Embley, and stakes winners Redzel and Formality.
Hugh Bowman rode three headlined by Winx and supported by Super Ex and My Tagoson while Josh Adams rode the other winner on the program, Happy Clapper in the Tramway Stakes.