McEvoy’s young­sters to do bat­tle in Inglis show­down

The Sportsman Weekend - - NEWS - SHAYNE O’CASS

THE Tony McEvoy­trained colt Wed­getail is the pun­ters pick of his two $500,000 MVRC Inglis Ban­ner (1000m) hope­fuls but a big thumbs up from nephew Ker­rin McEvoy for Troo­dles has them closer to­gether than the mar­ket sug­gests.

Tony McEvoy, bought both Wed­getail and Troo­dles from the same ven­dor at the 2018 Inglis Clas­sic Year­ling sale for $180,000 and $75,000 re­spec­tively.

Flashy chest­nut Wed­getail was an eye-catch­ing third in the Listed MRC Debu­tant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on Oc­to­ber 13 fin­ish­ing best of any­thing in the race.

“The big­gest prob­lem he had was that he lost con­trol of him­self every time one those grey ponies came past him at the stalls,” trainer Tony McEvoy ex­plained.

“Plus they had that white horse (Ut­zon) in the race with Wed­getail set­tling right be­hind it and Luke (Cur­rie) said the colt had ab­so­lutely no in­ter­est in the race what so ever.

“He said he only got him go­ing for 100m of the whole race – the rest time he was watch­ing that white horse.

“I have put a set of blink­ers on him and gave him a lit­tle jump out of the gates at Flem­ing­ton then I took him to Moonee Val­ley to gave a lit­tle fa­mil­iaris­ing gal­lop on Tues­day.

“The horse is re­ally well.”

Wed­getail is a son of Foxwedge but has more than a pass­ing re­sem­blance to his dam’s sire, Choisir, who threw dual hemi­spher­i­cal cham­pion Starspan­gled­ban­ner who won the Inglis Ban­ner ten years ago this week­end.

“He re­ally was a beau­ti­ful year­ling and I re­ally sur­prised that bought him so well ac­tu­ally,” McEvoy said.

“He is a very nice horse and he’ll take lot of beat­ing there on Satur­day.”

Star Wit­ness filly Troo­dles, mean­while, may have shed a few fans af­ter fin­ish­ing third of four on de­but at Mor­phettville Parks three weeks ago but could re­ward the faith­ful who stick with her.

Noth­ing went right for the filly from start to fin­ish, McEvoy ex­plained.

“Jamie (Kah) elected grab hold of her and the filly had never been re­strained be­fore,” he said.

“I am not blam­ing Jamie, I un­der­stand the cir­cum­stances.

“The sta­ble­mate had jumped quick to the front, Hayes’ horse was trip­ping up out­side of it so Jamie didn’t want to be three­wide the lead in a four horse race.

“So she grabbed hold to come back and the filly hated it. She didn’t breath and she fin­ish race off – it was just a disas­ter.

“She won’t be held-up to­mor­row, she’ll al­lowed to run.”

Troo­dles has drawn six, one the in­side of Wed­getail in 12-horse field to­mor­row to kick off Cox Plate day pro­ceed­ings.

“Ker­rin, who is rid­ing Troo­dles in the race, rode her in a gal­lop for me at Moonee Val­ley and re­ally liked her he knows what he is talk­ing about,” McEvoy said.

Tony McEvoy.

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