McEvoy look­ing for a Group 1 hat-trick

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

TRAINER Tony McEvoy is look­ing to kick start the big­gest week of rac­ing in Aus­tralia with three gen­uine chances in Group 1 races at Flem­ing­ton to­mor­row Oo­hood, Sun­light and Fa­rooq ready to shine.

McEvoy is ex­cited by the prospect of un­leash­ing his top­class filly Oo­hood against the older mares at weight-for-age in to­mor­row’s Em­pire Rose Stakes (1600m).

Oo­hood and her fel­low three­year-olds have just 50kg in to­mor­row’s race while the older mares carry 57kg and big Flem­ing­ton cir­cuit will also play into her favour.

“When you’ve got a filly of class it’s a real ad­van­tage to have no weight and jockey the stan­dard of Craig Wil­liams able ride her at that weight,” McEvoy said.

“I’m quite ex­cited to have her there, that’s for sure.

“The other ad­van­tage this week is the track. She’s never been to Flem­ing­ton be­fore but it should suit her beau­ti­fully.”

Fi­nally shed­ding her tag as Aus­tralian’s best maiden with

win in the Flight Stakes at Rand­wick, Oo­hood is on track for her sec­ond win and sec­ond

Group 1.

“It was very much a re­lief to see her get that first win on the board,” he said.

“We had planned for that race. We took her to Syd­ney early with the Flight Stakes in mind and it was fan­tas­tic that she could win.”

McEvoy was thrilled with her third plac­ing be­hind The Au­tumn Sun and Vassilator in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas last start al­though he is look­ing for her to im­prove a cer­tain as­pect of races.

“Her race day man­ners leave a lit­tle bit to be de­sired. She’s al­ways been slow away from the gates which gets her back and gets her in trou­ble,” he said.

“She missed the start by nearly two lengths and it cost her run­ning a clear sec­ond at Caulfield.”

Sun­light has come through her Manikato Stakes run ex­tremely well that McEvoy has de­cided to back her up in the Cool­more Stud Stakes.

The star three-year-old may have fin­ished mid­field as favourite in last Fri­day night’s Group 1 but was never tested at any stage.

“It like watch­ing a train crash,” McEvoy said of Sun­light’s com­pletely luck­less run.

“She was high kick­ing off the track so it like she never had a race. She has pulled up in mag­nif­i­cent or­der.”

McEvoy isn’t fazed by the quick back-up nor the fact she was beaten at her only start at Flem­ing­ton.

“She backed up into the Magic Mil­lions and Golden Slip­per and they were com­ing off hard races. This week she’s com­ing off an easy run so I have no prob­lems with the back-up.”

“She was beaten down the straight in the Maribyrnong Trial on de­but where she fin­ished third.

“We tried to hold her up that day and it didn’t suit her. Her style is she wants run so we won’t be in­ter­fer­ing with that this time.”

McEvoy’s hopes of land­ing his first VRC Derby rest with the blue-blood Fa­rooq.

The colt was gallant in de­feat when a nose sec­ond to Home Ground in the Listed Gee­long Clas­sic over 2200m and should ap­pre­ci­ate the 2500m of the Derby.

“It was a re­ally good run last start. He stayed very well,” he said.

“He is out of Ros­tova who won a Group 1 at 1200m. That is the only thing that makes me a lit­tle bit ner­vous but he has strong stay­ing blood through Frankel.”

Frankel is the sire of Mel­bourne Cup hope­fuls Finche and Rostropovich who was a close sec­ond in the Irish Derby in June while his grand­sire is the great Galileo, pre-em­i­nent source of stay­ers in the world.

Pic: Grant Guy Trainer Tony McEvoy has three live chances in to­mor­row’s Group One’s at Flem­ing­ton. Oo­hood is chas­ing her sec­ong 1 win in the Em­pire Rose Stakes, Sun­light (inset right) backs up ther Cool­more Stakes and Fa­rooq (inset left , blue cap) tack­les the Vic­to­ria Derby.

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