Jockey Kerrin McEvoy has pledged to buy a bigger house with his Melbourne Cup winnings. Picture: David Caird
MELBOURNE CUP 2018’s winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy has pledged to put his prize money towards “a bigger house” for his family.
McEvoy rode inexperienced UK runner Cross Counter to victory today, to claim his third victory in the race that stops the nation and the first for an English trainer.
The Sydney-based jockey also won the Cup on Brew in 2000 and Almandin in 2016.
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McEvoy and his wife Cathy after his win on Cross Counter. Picture: Alex Coppel
Shortly after his victory, he told Channel 7: “I promised (my four kids) a swimming pool. And (wife) Cathy and myself have been looking around for a bigger house.
“I said to one of the Herald Sun reporters yesterday that if I won I would buy Cathy a new house, so look out.”
McEvoy’s wife is 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne’s sister, who had a win on the Melbourne property market last year with the $1.21 million sale of an Essendon investment property she owned with Michelle, their sister Therese Patton, Therese’s husband Jason Patton, and jockey Luke Currie.
The stable of five jockeys and ex-jockeys made a handy profit after pooling $440,000 to buy 101 Deakin St in 2004.
Kerrin McEvoy with his family: wife Cathy and children Eva, 2, Charlie, 9, Jake, 8, and Rhys, 5. Picture: Jenny Evans
McEvoy will need a bit more than his Cup winnings to secure a new home for his family — especially if he’s hunting in Australia’s priciest property market, Sydney, where CoreLogic puts the median house value at $833,876.
The prize money for winning the big race is $4 million, but the jockey is only entitled to five per cent of that, equating to $200,000.
If he’d consider a move to Melbourne, which is a bit more affordable at a $665,044 median, we’ve found some pads we think may be of interest:
4 Blake St, Caulfield near the Caulfield track may float the jockey’s boat.
— 4 Blake St, Caulfield: Caulfield Racecourse is just minutes from this family house with a heated pool and spa. It’s got plenty of bedrooms for the McEvoy family as well, with four on offer. The property has $1.7-$1.83 million price expectations.
96 The Esplanade, Maribyrnong is close to Flemington Racecourse and has plenty of room for a pool.
— 96 The Esplanade, Maribyrnong: this four-bedroom Maribyrnong River-side home is a short drive to Flemington Racecourse, ensuring an easy commute for McEvoy. While it doesn’t have a pool, the house is set on a large 1890sq m block with plenty of room to add one. He’d need to dig deep to snap up the property, which has a $3.6-$3.95 million price guide.
Greg Mile’s house at 51 Cole St might have a pool McEvoy’s kids are interested in.
— 51 Cole St, Williamstown: this is the home of legendary races broadcaster Greg Miles, who called a record 36 Melbourne Cups before retiring last year. It ticks several of McEvoy’s boxes with five bedrooms and a pool, and is set to be auctioned on December 1 with a $2.3-$2.5 million price guide. Miles showed faith in the jockey by tipping Cross Counter to win the Cup.
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