McEvoy not scared of the boys in Oo­hood’s Guineas as­sault

The Sportsman Midweek - - Warwick Farm Preview - MATHEW TOOGOOD

AF­TER see­ing Oo­hood break through for a sat­is­fy­ing Group 1 win in the Flight Stakes, trainer Tony McEvoy has enough con­fi­dence in the filly to take on the colts and geld­ings in the $ 2 mil­lion Caulfield Guineas.

The $ 500,000 Group 1 Thou­sand Guineas for fil­lies is on the same pro­gram but McEvoy be­lieves Satur­day’s Caulfield Guineas open to all three-yearolds is the bet­ter op­tion.

“You place your horses where you think they’re best suited and I’ve got a be­lief that the colts aren’t any bet­ter than her,” McEvoy said.

“I’ve got a lot of time for The Au­tumn Sun but his style of rac­ing may not be con­ducive to Caulfield.

“That group of fil­lies are a high- class and I’ve got a lot time for them, and I’ll stand cor­rected but I don’t think there’s much be­tween the colts and fil­lies.”

Sur­round in 1976 is the last filly to win Caulfield Guineas al­though few have run in re­cent times, the most re­cent be­ing Catchy who fin­ished third last year. The Chris Waller-trained

Au­tumn Sun is the $2.30 favourite to add a third Group 1 win to his record af­ter tak­ing out the J.J Atkins in Bris­bane in June and the Golden Rose in Syd­ney last start.

Oo­hood has not won at Caulfield but was placed there three times dur­ing the Blue Di­a­mond se­ries ear­lier this year when McEvoy said she was still mak­ing mis­takes un­der pres­sure.

“If you look at her runs at Caulfield over the shorter trips, she’s been ab­so­lutely at top be­fore the turn but fin­ish­ing the strong­est,” he said.

“Now that she’s ar­rived as a horse, she’ll travel bet­ter in her races.”

With Tim Clark to ride Shoals in the $13 mil­lion The Ever­est on Satur­day, Luke Cur­rie will re­unite with Oo­hood hav­ing rid­den her in her first four starts.

Oo­hood was placed three Group 1 races and net­ted more than $1 mil­lion prize money be­fore break­ing her maiden in the Flight Stakes on Septem­ber 29.

“As a trainer it’s sat­is­fy­ing to see any of your horses win but for be­ing so close at the top level and know­ing how good she is, she just de­served it,” McEvoy said.

Oo­hood’s trainer Tony McEvoy.

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