McEvoy’s youngsters to do battle in Inglis showdown
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.