‘Thing Of Nothing’ really showed something!

A speculative overseas purchase by trainer Tony McEvoy and partner Wayne Mitchell could return a good dividend following Thing of Nothing’s breakthrough win at Gawler on Saturday, July 11.A drifting $21 chance, Thing of Nothing led throughout in the Wolf Blass Gold Handicap (1500m) to score by a length and a quarter from Rocket Commander ($5) with Loqueteux ($6) two and a quarter lengths away third.

The victory gave McEvoy a winning double at the Gawler stand-alone city meeting following the win of Jacksay in the preceding event.

The double means McEvoy moves to within 2-1/2 wins of Philip Stokes in the SA metropolitan trainers’ premiership.

“We purchased Thing of Nothing on the strength a debut run in Ireland where he ran third,” McEvoy said. “He missed the start and hit the line well and we thought he might be a relatively cheap purchase.

“But to be honest since he has been in Australia he has been a bit like a playful puppy who nips at your ankles and mucks around. We try to get him to do something and he does the opposite.

“Today I told Jason (jockey Jason Holder) to let him go forward to see if he could start enjoying his racing and hopefully step up.

“I was also hoping the increase in distance would help and it worked well and he displayed the ability which made us purchase him – the soft ground may have also suited him too.”

Jason Holder said three-year-old had impressed him.

“I must admit I went into the race not knowing what to expect but really he was always in control and put them away well in the end,” Holder said.

“He was rolling along nicely in front and on the home turn I thought he was going well enough to at least run a place, then when rivals tried to get closer he lifted and just kept going. It was a really good win.”

McEvoy said Thing of Nothing obviously allowed being given a bit of freedom and let do his own thing.

“I will now look for a suitable race over a bit more ground.”



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