MICK SHARKIE wraps up a massive day of racing from right around the country in the Saturday Hangover. 


Tony McEvoy admitted he was filthy after the jump of the Listed 1400m Oaklands Plate at Morphettville…weeks of work coaching talented filly Mac ‘N’ Cheese to jump clean looked wasted when the daughter of Sebring bombed the start – again.

“She’s hairy to watch,” said McEvoy.

“I was really disappointed early today we’ve done a lot of work on her at the barriers…I was really confident she’d jump out today but sure enough she blew the start, and it was a hard watch for me.”

Luckily for McEvoy the watch got easier from the 300m when Mac ‘N’ Cheese kicked into gear and landed her first win and her first stakes win to boot.

And that is bloody important for her owners at Spendthrift Farm because this filly has a brilliant page on her – her mum was a stakes winner and her half-brothers include Group 1 winner Exceedance and Group 3 winner Oxley Road.

In short, she’s worth an absolute hatful.

And while the Oaklands was just an entrée to the sort of races that lie ahead for Mac ‘N’ Cheese, McEvoy knows the filly won’t make it at better levels herself, maximising her potential will call on his patience and skill.

“We’ve got to get these manners better…you can’t be missing the start in good races so we’ve got some work to do. But clearly she’s a great talent,” he said.

One for the spring black book.


Mick price and Michael Kent Jnr have had a pretty good season in partnership, they’ll finish second on the Victorian premiership with 130-odd winners, probably top five on the metro premiership too.

But the best might be yet to come with horses like Ayrton, Profiteer and maybe Saturday’s Flemington winner I’m Thunderstruck a chance to graduate to that standard.

“Mick and I were hoping he’d do that,” said Kent.

“He’s got a really good turn of foot and today was his day, it was D-Day, a big track and he had every chance. He quickened up really excitingly.”

A bit like old love Mac ’N’ Cheese though, there is some work to be done away from race day with I’m Thunderstruck who has a bad habit of wandering about and laying in when he is asked to win his races.

“He’s always wanted to lay in…he’s going to be pretty good when he gets it right.”

Not that the punters care. I’m Thunderstruck lined pockets aplenty on Saturday.


The racing at Randwick was run of the mill for winter standards but the riding talent wasn’t – Avdulla, McEvoy, O’Hara, Parr and Clark all greeting the judge as they warm up for the spring.

But Tommy Berry’s treble was a more telling sign of things to come. Steely eyed Berry will follow home James McDonald in the metro premiership title but he landed the Slipper with Stay Inside and finishes the season in super form – 2021/22 might be the season when Berry goes bang and becomes the dominant jock in Sydney.


Got a couple of mates who fled Victoria early in the week with the scent of a pending lockdown in their nostrils…they’ll be playing at Sunshine Coast on Sunday and I’m hoping they are backing CHILLIWACK (R2 No. 2) to pay for the extended holiday.