MCEVOY TO END THE SPRING ON A HIGH NOTE

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

TONY McEvoy has en­joyed a suc­cess­ful spring car­ni­val and is hop­ing to fin­ish on a high note at Sandown to­mor­row.

On the big 10 race card, McEvoy sad­dles up a num­ber of chances and could head home with a hand­ful of stakes win.

“My horses have been rac­ing re­ally com­pet­i­tively and we have had a tremen­dous Spring.” McEvoy said.

“We won some nice races and nine sec­onds which is frus­trat­ing but it just showed we were pep­per­ing the goal and the horses look like they will con­tinue that on this week­end.”

One of his lead­ing con­tenders to­mor­row is Bring Me Roses who con­tests the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m).

The High Cha­parral four-year-old ran out of her skin to fin­ish sec­ond be­hind Shil­le­lagh in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes at Flem­ing­ton a fort­night ago and a re­peat per­for­mance will see her hard to beat.

“It re­ally looks a lovely race for her,” McEvoy said.

“She was su­per in the Empire Rose last start.

“Steps up to 1800m to­mor­row and down a bit in grade looks ab­so­lutely ideal for her.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to her run­ning this week­end.

“I thinks she is very well placed and if she run well, we will con­sider tak­ing her to Perth for the Kingston Town Stakes over 1800m.”

In the Group 3 Sandown Stakes, McEvoy and two strong hopes in Dol­lar For Dol­lar pro­gres­sive Fox Hall.

For Dol­lar backs-up from a handy fifth to Dream­force in the Group 3 Chatham Stakes af­ter rac­ing on the speed while Fox Hall is step­ping up from bench­mark races where he has been right be­hind the placeget­ters in both runs this cam­paign.

“They’re in re­ally good form these two horses and they are very well placed in this race,” he said.

“This is the race Dol­lar won last year. “He toughed it out quite well week­end.

“They ran very quick time – about 1min 22 for 1400m – so he was fan­tas­tic.

McEvoy has no qualms about the geld­ing back­ing up.

The last time he back-up was in Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke when a half head sec­ond to Jun­gle Cat.

“Fox Hall de­serves a chance in a race like this.

“He is build­ing well. His two runs back have been ex­cel­lent he should be peak­ing.”

Sta­ble­mates Jen­tico and Aris­to­cratic Miss are look­ing for their first black-type win and look gen­uine hopes in the Listed Twi­light Glow Stakes (1400m) to­mor­row. “Jen­tico’s done noth­ing wrong. “She won her maiden and then went to the Val­ley and dead-heated.

“Our hope is to step her up to this level and see where she sits.

“She’s a filly who is owned by breed­ers. I’ve got a bit of time for her so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what level she is at.

“Aris­to­cratic Miss ran in the Flight Stakes then the Thou­sand Guineas and was fresh­ened up.

“She ran su­per at Flem­ing­ton in the fil­lies race.

“She just didn’t have a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties on that oc­ca­sion.

“She has done very well since that run and is an­other who looks nicely placed this week­end.”

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