MCEVOY TO END THE SPRING ON A HIGH NOTE
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.”