Primed to perfection, gallant grey gelding Sir Ravanelli (NZ) won the Jacaranda Cup in impressive fashion on November 8. Image: Emma Pritchard

Cup winner in purple patch of form

Emma Pritchard


Sir Ravanelli (NZ) backed up a tenacious victory in the Jacaranda Prelude last month with another strong performance at Grafton on November 8 when the six-year-old son of Iffraaj (GB) strode clear to win the feature event on the eight-race program hosted by the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC), the Jacaranda Cup over 1100m.

After previously leading all the way at his last start success, the grey gelding was forced to travel wide and cover ground on the outside of the 10-horse field as early leader Kirra Lass took control of the race under a tactical ride by Jai Williams.

But the New Zealand bred galloper showed his class and fighting spirit inside the final 200m as punters happily cheered the $1.60 favourite home from Buffet Buster and Fortyfive Parklane.

“He’s a good horse, and this won’t be his last win,” said proud trainer Terry Evans who trains Sir Ravanelli (NZ) in Tuncurry.

“He even pricked his ears crossing the line.

“The owners are very happy, and it’s terrific to win another race at Grafton.”

Purchased as a tried horse from New Zealand, Sir Ravanelli (NZ) has raced 16 times for seven wins and three minor placings and has earned more than $200000 in prizemoney for his connections.

Winning rider Darryl McLellan was full of praise for his mount following the Jacaranda Cup and said he always had faith in his capabilities.

“I wasn’t really worried (about being back in the field) because I knew I was on the best horse,” he said.

“It’s been a good training effort by Terry to bring him back for this race, and he was just too strong in the end.”

The CRJC will host their next race meeting on November 16.