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Wayne Hawkes lashes Kerrin McEvoy over Masked Crusader ride

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Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes believes Masked Crusader would have beaten Nature Strip in the G1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) if it wasn’t for a ‘badly ill-judge ride’. 

Speaking with Gareth Hall on RSN Central on Tuesday morning, Hawkes didn’t hold back in his critique of Kerrin McEvoy’s ride.

“He (Masked Crusader) ran good, jockey got a bit lost … Actually, he didn’t get lost, he got completely and utterly lost. 

“Kerrin McEvoy, he butchered it – and I said it to his face. It was terrible, absolutely terrible,” Hawkes said.

“He butchered it – and I said it to his face.”

Wayne Hawkes on Kerrin McEvoy 


Masked Crusader finished second to Nature Strip, beaten two lengths, after passing the 400m in 8th position.

The Team Hawkes-trained gelding…



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