Western Australia is the only state where champion jockey Kerrin McEvoy hasn’t won a group 1 and it doesn’t hold happy memories as he looks to break his duck on Everest placegetter Trekking in the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
McEvoy admitted to “giving the place the brush” since he was beaten on protest on He’s Remarkable in the 2011 Railway Stakes in the most controversial decision this century. But Stradbroke winner Trekking has got him back there.
The protest saw local Luckygray elevated to the winner after interference at 600m, where he copped the backwash of a McEvoy shift on He’s Remarkable. McEvoy is still mystified by the decision, which came with a 28-day careless riding ban.
“I have won a group 1 over there and then lost it somehow. I couldn’t believe it,” McEvoy said. “It was funny because on that day the Railway was the first group 1 and the Winterbottom was after it.