Above average Everage

Feb 03, 2013

A long-standing agreement to one day race a horse together may see trainers Michael Kent and Craig Carmody in the Group One winner's stall in three week's time.

That's if everything goes to plan and the promising filly Everage measures up in the best of two-year-old company - the Blue Diamond Stakes a likely aim for the exciting juvenile.

At Rosehill on Saturday having only her second start, the daughter of Zizou travelled nicely in the lead in the Spotless Handicap - giving jockey Nathan Berry a good feel throughout.

Kicking at the turn and holding on gamely as she was challenged late, Everage showed not only natural talent but plenty of heart - and the heavy conditions gave her no cause for concern.

"I talked to Mick the night before the race," Carmody - who rode successfully for Kent in Singapore - ''and he assured me she could swim being out of a Snippets mare.''

Carmody is well aware of the rise in class facing Everage at Caulfield but is hoping for some rain - ''certainly if it’s wet she would be a chance,” he said, adding that "we’ll take her home and assess where she’s at. It’s a big jump in class but they can only win.”

Berry rates Everage highly - noting that "she got a bit tired but she had done all the work."

"I ride a lot of good two-year-olds in trackwork for Gai and it’s hard to line them up but she’s a nice one this filly.”

Supported at long odds, Everage was expected to perform well - "she missed the start badly at Canberra," Carmody said, "and was out the back so when they run under 58s for 1000m you can't make up that sort of ground."

A bargain $20,000 Classic Sale purchase, Everage boasts similar line-breeding patterns to Blue Diamond favourite Miracles Of Life.