McEvoy, Mal­lyon to con­tinue their win­ning part­ner­ship

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATHEW TOOGOOD

AN­DREW Mal­lyon gets the chance to im­prove on an im­pres­sive re­cent strike rate for Tony McEvoy with two rides the trainer at Sandown.

Mal­lyon has four win­ners from six rides for McEvoy this sea­son, high­lighted by two-year-old Run Naan’s Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate vic­tory at Flem­ing­ton dur­ing the Mel­bourne Cup car­ni­val.

The jockey also rode Run Naan to his de­but win at Bendigo last month while an­other of the wins was aboard three-year-old Vin­land at the same track on Novem­ber 1 when colt broke his maiden stylishly.

Vin­land then stepped up in class and dis­tance in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) sec­ond-up, fin­ish­ing a cred­itable fifth with jockey Luke Cur­rie aboard.

Mal­lyon re­unites with Vin­land in Satur­day’s Spicer Thor­ough­breds Hand­i­cap (1600m) while he also rides sta­ble­mate Sanc­ti­mo­nious, who makes his de­but in a 1000m Plate for twoyear-olds.

“I was re­ally im­pressed with Vin­land at Bendigo,” Mal­lyon said.

“He was first-up at 1400 me­tres that day and he took that run into his next go Sandown and, in good com­pany, I thought he ran re­ally well.

“He’s go­ing back to a re­stricted race on Satur­day and he’s drawn well so I’d ex­pect him go very


Mal­lyon was taken with Sanc­ti­mo­nious in an 800m bar­rier trial at Cran­bourne on Mon­day, which the colt won by 2-¼ lengths.

Sanc­ti­mo­nious, along with fel­low Cran­bourne trial win­ner Lo­gan River, is one of two McEvoy­trained ju­ve­niles in Satur­day’s race.

“I thought Sanc­ti­mo­nious tri­alled re­ally well and the ad­di­tion of the blink­ers seemed to switch him right on,” Mal­lyon said.

“I think what­ever he does on Satur­day he’ll im­prove on again.

“He’s a big, raw type of horse with good mo­tor. The penny hasn’t dropped but I think he’s one to watch for the fu­ture.”

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