McEvoy hop­ing for a Fab­u­lass G1 day

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

THE big races are what every jockey strives to win and Ker­rin McEvoy has an en­vi­able book of rides at Royal Randwick to­mor­row which in­cludes lead­ing con­tenders in each of the three Group 1s.

Amongst McEvoy’s rides are ex­cit­ing filly Miss Fab­u­lass for Kris Lees in the Flight Stakes, the Chris Waller pair of Un­for­got­ten Ep­som and Brimham Rocks in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan and Redzel Group 2 Pre­miere Stakes.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to rid­ing this week­end.

“It looks to be a great days rac­ing on pa­per and cou­ple have drawn good bar­ri­ers in what looks very nice races for them,” McEvoy said.

The first of the Group 1 triple header is Flight Stakes (1600m) and McEvoy is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing his as­so­ci­a­tion with bril­liant filly Miss Fab­u­lass who has drawn ide­ally in bar­rier 3.

“She’s a very ex­cit­ing filly and I can’t wait to get on her back,” he said.

“We rode her a bit qui­eter (in the Tea Rose) and she was very dy­namic that last fur­long when she got mo­tor­ing.

“She was a lit­tle bit keen the other day so my job is to have her in the right frame of mind.”

The daugh­ter Frankel and Saman­tha Miss showed she could han­dle the step up from 1200m to 1400m with­out any prob­lems and man­ner in which she at­tacked the line sug­gests should have no trou­ble go­ing up to 1600m to­mor­row.

“She steps up to the mile for the first time but a lot of oth­ers have to do the same,” McEvoy said.

“We’ve got a nice, soft draw. It gives us op­tions to get her into the right rhythm for that 1600m test.

“While she has to prove she can get the mile, it’s up to me to help her do it and that will be my fo­cus to­mor­row.”

McEvoy re­places Hugh Bow­man on last sea­son’s ATC Oaks win­ner Un­for­got­ten in the Ep­som who has also come up with gate 3.

The four-year-old was most im­pres­sive in win­ning the Chelms­ford Stakes over this same course a dis­tance four weeks ago and has been kept fresh for this race.

“She was great win­ning un­der Hughie last start and had a soft trial the other (last Fri­day) in prepa­ra­tion for this race,” he said.

“She’s sharp and will have no prob­lem with the trip. She got a nice light weight on her back and I’m happy draw.”

McEvoy will need to use all his nous to help promis­ing stayer Brimham Rocks over­come his wide draw in The Met­ro­pol­i­tan.

Hav­ing placed at his three runs this cam­paign, Brimham Rocks steps up to 2400m, a dis­tance McEvoy be­lieves the geld­ing will rel­ish.

“We’ve got to off­set wide bar­rier but he’s re­ally go­ing to en­joy the 2400m and is an­other one with a nice light weight on his back,” he said.

“He ran great race be­hind Avil­ius the other day and he will be hard to toss if things go his way.”

Ker­rin McEvoy is con­fi­dent Miss Fab­u­lass will ap­pre­ci­ate the step up to a mile in the Flight Stakes. Pic: Grant Guy

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