McEvoy hoping for a Fabulass G1 day
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