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Ings Continues Her Winning Start To 2018

Hawkesbury apprentice Chelsea Ings continued her winning start to 2018 when she teamed with the much-travelled Evangelist at Kempsey on Tuesday.

Ings Continues Her Winning Start To 2018

Hawkesbury apprentice Chelsea Ings continued her winning start to 2018 when she teamed with the much-travelled Evangelist at Kempsey on Tuesday.

Evangelist is an 8YO who began his career in England and has raced in four Australian states for several trainers.

Ings, 23, is enjoying the best season of her career and posted her 17th success since August 1 and her 40th overall.


She has enjoyed a rush of success since Xmas, winning races at Wellington on Boxing Day, Inverell on New Year’s Day and the Gilgandra Cup meeting on January 7.

She rode Evangelist at the Inverell Cup meeting when third to Devlann in a BM 65 (1600m) and told the gelding’s Armidale trainer Lea Selby that she would have ridden him differently if she had been on him previously.

Selby sent Ings a tape of Evangelist’s victory in the Picnic Cup (1600m) at Gosford on December 16, and the young jockey watched it intently and took notice.

After settling last in the Kempsey race Ings took off on Evangelist at the 1000m and had the lead approaching the 800m.

From there horse and rider were never threatened. Evangelist scored comfortably from Push The Sky Away and the Inverell Cup winner Loud Enough.

“I didn’t need to give Chelsea instructions once she had seen the tape of his Gosford win,” Selby said. “I can’t say enough about Chelsea - that was a lovely ride.”

Ings said Evangelist wasn’t a sit and sprint horse, hence her decision to “get rolling” at the 1000m and make the others chase.

Ings is apprenticed to her mother, Hawkesbury trainer Wanda, who understandably is very proud of her daughter’s progress.

“Chelsea is having a great season and is enjoying all the travelling she is doing to ride at the various bush meetings,” she said.

“Her apprenticeship is due to end in August, but we may approach Racing NSW to see if we can gain an extension.”

Evangelist, a son of Oasis Dream, won at his first Australian start at Rosehill in 2014 for leading South Australian trainer Tony McEvoy.

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