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Everage shows she is above average
Caryl Williamson
15:17 AEST Sat Apr 20 2013

A richly deserved stakes win at Randwick on Saturday has set Everage up for a crack at bigger things during the spring.

Sent out the $2.10 favourite in the Listed Keith Mackay Quality (1200m) for two-year-old fillies, Everage's proven wet track ability came to the fore as she wore down Little Miss Smiley ($21) to win by half a length.

Everage earned topweight of 58kg with her previous performances including a second to subsequent Golden Slipper winner Overreach in the Widden Stakes in February and second to the talented Safeguard in last week's Group Three Kindergarten Stakes.

Trainer Craig Carmody, who owns Everage in partnership with old friend, Victorian trainer Mick Kent, will set sprint targets for her in the spring.

"She will go for a break now and come back for the first leg of the Princess Series which is a good sprint race," Carmody said.

"We'll take it from there but I don't know if she can go very far in distance.

"She is as tough a filly as you could get and really deserves this win.

"She's proven she's up to Group level so it all looks good for the future."

Everage has won three of her six starts and run second in the other three with all her victories on heavy tracks.

Carmody believes she is just as good on firmer surfaces and has just run into better horses when she has been beaten.

Her jockey Nathan Berry also has a big opinion of Everage.

"She had a few hurdles to overcome today for a filly who's not overly robust," he said.

"She has improved a lot this preparation and is an underrated filly."

The Keith Mackay was the second race on the Randwick program which got underway in driving rain after an overnight deluge.


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