By Ray Hickson
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy will be carrying the hopes of plenty of punters on Epsom Handicap day at Royal Randwick on Saturday as he pilots favoured runners in five feature races.
A Group 1 Golden Rose win last week on outstanding colt The Autumn Sun took McEvoy’s Australian Group 1 tally to 59.
Of the three majors on offer at Randwick he’s only previously won the Flight Stakes (on Guelph in 2013) but has prime chances to add the Epsom and Metropolitan to his CV.
Read what Kerrin McEvoy has to say about his rides.
Egg Tart - Group 2 Yulong Australia Hill Stakes (2000m).
“She has the class, it was a good third behind Winx at her last start. It showed she is back in great order and if she gets a bit of cut in the ground it will see her very effective.
“You’d like to think this sees her with the chance to get back into the winner’s circle in Sydney.’’
Redzel – Group 2 Santos Coffee Premiere Stakes (1200m).
“I wasn’t here for Tuesday (trackwork) but Paul (Snowden) texted me to say everything was okay and they are happy. His work a week ago showed me he is in good order.
“We’ll weigh things up and see what speed the others go, we can be right there doing our own thing or sitting off something. I’ll be keeping my left eye on Invincible Star to see how she jumps.
“He needs a solid 1200m run to go into The Everest 100 per cent.’’
Miss Fabulass – Group 1 Darley Flight Stakes (1600m).
“Ridden a bit quieter she showed a good turn of foot the other day and is a worthy favourite in this race. She has to prove herself at the mile but a lot are in the same boat.
“We always thought she was going to get better over further than 1200m and with cut in the ground I think the track is going to be to her liking.
“I’ll go there with a similar mindset to last time and she goes there with a great chance.’’
Miss Fabulass wins the Tea Rose Stakes at Randwick on September 15
Unforgotten – Group 1 TAB Epsom Handicap (1600m).
“She’s a class mare, I’ve ridden her since that win (in the Chelmsford) and she came through it in great order.
“It was a nice trial last week and it showed me she is in good order, she has a nice light weight on her back and she’s drawn a good barrier to get a nice run through the first part of the race.
“She’s getting better all the time, she’s a more developed horse compared to her three-year-old campaign. She has the profile that stands out coming into a race like this.’’
Brimham Rocks – Group 1 Heineken 3 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m).
“He was fantastic the other day, going down by a short margin to Avilius. He drops nicely in weight, he has a good record over 2400m and further so you’d like to think that the Randwick 2400m will see him at his best.
“In what looks a race where we will need a little bit of luck I’m pretty happy to be on him.’’