Trainer saddles up for his toughest test

Kerrin McEvoy rides Generalife to victory at Rosehill on Saturday.

WHILE John O’Shea is still getting used to life as the Darley stable’s head trainer, jockey Kerrin McEvoy said he’s adapting quickly to riding for a new trainer who he admits does things differently to Peter Snowden.

O’Shea was at Rosehill on Saturday to watch Generalife win the stable’s first Saturday metropolitan race in Sydney since taking over from Snowden in May, and McEvoy said it’s been a smooth transition.

“They have different training styles but it doesn’t surprise me because every trainer is different,McEvoy said.

“It’s obviously a settling-in period but we’ve been having winners most weeks which is important and we haven’t gone too many meetings without snaring a winner.

“It’s been good so far and I can’t complain.

“It hasn’t [been hard to adjust to a different trainer] and onwards and upwards from here.

“[Generalife] had a nice run and has been a consistent horse without setting the world on fire and today he’s turned up in form and it’s a nice win for the stable.”

While McEvoy has taken the change in his stride, O’Shea’s job of taking over more than 700 horses has been the toughest test of his training career.

“I haven’t had time to give consideration to whether I’m enjoying anything,” O’Shea said.

“It’s just about getting my head around it all and I’m starting to work that out.”

O’Shea said all the hard work paid off after Generalife loomed at the furlong to beat You’ll Never by a long neck.

“Full credit to the team back home, they’ve had this horse up for his fifth run this time in and I thought he’s continued to look well,” O’Shea said.

“When I had a look at the map I thought it was a good day to find out if he was going to handle it.”

Both McEvoy and O’Shea quickly turned their attention to bigger and better things as the Darely stable stars start to return to steady trackwork.

“We’re looking forward to the spring most importantly with the quality of horses we have,” O’Shea said.

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