Jockey Barend Vorster has only called Australia home for a week, yet the 42-year-old has already claimed one of the country's most famous races.
“Australia is my new home now and what a way to start it off,” Vorster said.
Born in South Africa, Vorster spent the past 15 years riding in Singapore.
He jumped at the chance to begin a new chapter of his life after hearing McEvoy needed a stable jockey in South Australia.
Vorster was the first to send an email asking for the job, McEvoy said.
“I couldn't spell his name for a start,” McEvoy said.
McEvoy, who had heard of Vorster, looked into the jockey's riding record, thought “wow” and quickly learned how to spell his name.
“He's a very good jockey,” McEvoy said.
“He's not a new kid on the block.
“He's come out here and handled the great occasion. What a great start for him.”
As for Vorster, he knew McEvoy was a good trainer with good horses.
He also knew it was time for a change.
“Singapore has been good to me but I just felt that change was coming, and what a change to have,” Vorster said.
The jockey Vorster replaced as McEvoy's stable rider in South Australia, Jamie Kah, claimed Super Saturday's other big race in a history-making ride.
In guiding Harlem to back-to-back Australian Cups, Kah both secured her first victory at Group One level and became the first female jockey to win the $1.5 million weight-for-age race.
“I came over here to seize opportunities, I didn't expect it so soon,” Kah said.
“It was a huge thrill,” Hayes said.
“Jamie gave him an 11 out of 10 ride.”