The McEvoy stable has shared in the excitement of the first Dare to Dream horse to salute in South Australia.
Diplomatic Measure’s win on Port Lincoln Cup day recently sparked jubilation from several part-owners who scored a 10% share in the horse via Thoroughbred Racing South Australia’s (TRSA) Dare to Dream ownership competition, launched late last year.
Under the initiative, competition winners get to enjoy the 10% share, with all costs – jockeys, vet, race entry frees etc. – taken care of for two years.
Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s operation is one of five SA stables involved in the initiative and Angaston foreman John Cornell was among those on hand at Port Lincoln to watch Diplomatic Measure win – and witness the enjoyment of several Dare to Dream participants.
“They were really excited,” John said.
“One of the lads was originally a local Port Lincoln fellow as well, who now works in the city, but was quite happy to win a race in front of his mates.”
John said group members have embraced Dare to Dream and were enjoying the ride.
“They’re rapt to be involved in the Dare to Dream initiative,” he said.
“They’re very keen and I speak to them regularly. They want to know the progress of the horses and we keep them up to date.
“They are genuine, real good racing fellows.”
John said the stable was enjoying the shared experience.
“To see a lot of young guys have probably their first dip in the water in racehorse ownership has been fantastic and hopefully they’ll be around for a long time,” he said.
“We’re very pleased to be involved in it.”
John said while Diplomatic Measure was the first Dare to Dream horse to win in SA, the stable had enjoyed previous success interstate with a Dare to Dream runner.
“We had another one at Sandown, Blow Torch, a few weeks ago,” he said.
“These boys are in that as well, so they’re living the dream at this stage.”