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By Graham Potter | Friday, September 16, 2022

The Tony and Maddysen Sears trained Even Now claimed her second career success when she took out a BM62 Handicap over 1100m at Kilcoy on September 16.

The three-year-old daughter of Better Than Ready was well-placed here by the Sears camp … as can be gauged by the results of her previous five starts.

From December 31, 2021 until March 19, 2022, Even Now raced four times returning a result sheet which showed a win, two runner-up finishes and one very notable third place finish.

That third place came in a race of no less a standing than the $500 000 Aquis QTIS Two-year-Old Jewel where Even Now finished only 1.50 lengths behind the winner, the then unbeaten and much hyped Shesgottheboom.

Even Now was then given a spell after that fine effort in The Jewel on March 19, and she returned for her first-up assignment five months later on August 27, going straight to a Saturday Metro meeting to tackle a Listed $125 000 Three-Year-Old Plate over 1200m.

The two main fancies in the race Spiritualised (who had won two and who been placed second twice in his previous four starts) and Prince Shalaa (who was unbeaten in two starts going into the race) were always going to be tough nuts to crack and they duly filled the first two placings with Even Now ($21) finishing seventh.

So, given all of the above, it could be seen that Even Now had done well enough under reasonably testing circumstances. As easy to acknowledge was the fact that, with that first-up run under her belt … and with nothing like Shesgottheboom, Spiritualised or Prince Shalaa amongst the opposition this time … connections had every reason to be confident with Even Now heading for Kilcoy, although she was still only marked up as the second favourite for her race at $3.10 behind the Tony Gollan trained Kobe Lad ($2.50).

Mark Du Plessis had Even Now in a perfect second position tracking the leader soon after the break, but he himself was being tracked every step of the way by Kobe Lad back in third place.

Du Plessis went for home early, revving Even Now up from some 400m out adopting ‘catch me if you can’ tactics … and Robbie Fradd on Kobe Lad was keen to play that game, immediately setting out after Even Now, but, under a strong ride from Du Plessis,
cornered better on the turn than Kobe Lad … and kicked as strongly as his only rival in the straight to beat Kobe Lad home by a one length margin.

A good, and well deserved win.

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