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Filly Chasing Group Glory On Home Turf

Hawkesbury trainer Garry Frazer reckons it’s been 22 years since he has had the chance to win his home track Guineas and he has called on Sydney’s form jockey Kerrin McEvoy to help him land the Group 3 feature at Saturday’s Stand Alone meeting.

Frazer today confirmed McEvoy will be reunited with his classy filly Spright in the $200,000 Blacktown Workers Club Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m).

McEvoy, who followed a Royal Randwick treble last Saturday with another victory there yesterday on Mia Rosa, has surged into second place (51 wins) behind Brenton Avdulla (63.5) in the Sydney premiership.

McEvoy has an unbeaten record on Spright, having partnered her twice last spring for a breakthrough Rosehill success on 28 September and then a Group 3 victory – also against her own sex – at Flemington on 3 November during the Melbourne Cup carnival.

“Kerrin knows the filly well, and we’re delighted to have him back on her,” Frazer said.

“Spright has pleased me since her last run, and has come up with an inside draw on Saturday. I’m sure she will run really well.”

Corey Brown, who rides New Zealand three-year-old Lincoln Blue for Chris Waller in the Guineas, has been aboard Spright at her three starts so far this preparation.

Frazer’s filly looms as one of the top Guineas chances on her latest fourth to Melbourne three-year-old Derryn in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) at Randwick on 8 April during The Championships.

Frazer cannot recall having a Guineas runner at home since Turridu (Wayne Harris) ran fourth to Crows Before Dawn in the 1995 edition, when it was run over 1600m and carried a $40,000 purse.

Turridu backed up a week later, with Grant Cooksley aboard, and won the Gosford Guineas (1600m) on a heavy track before embarking on a successful Brisbane winter campaign.

He won two features at Eagle Farm; the Queensland Guineas (1600m) when ridden by Bruce Compton, and then Mick Dittman had the mount when he won the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

Spright will be the long-time Hawkesbury trainer’s sole representative at Saturday’s meeting, which is shaping as the best ever in terms of acceptances and starters, with many runners searching for a much needed dry track.

View the fields and form (including race replays) for Saturday's Hawkesbury Gold Cup meeting here.

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