Jockey Kerrin McEvoy jumps at chance to ride Rudy in Epsom
KERRIN McEvoy accepted the Epsom ride on Rudy as soon as he dismounted from the Queenslander after last Saturday’s Bill Ritchie at Randwick.
McEvoy wanted to monitor Rudy’s performance before committing for the Epsom, but his closing effort under 58kg convinced him straight away.
Rudy is set to meet Sadler’s Lake on 3.5kg better terms in the Epsom as he now tumbles to 52.5kg.
“It was a magnificent run on Saturday and if he took the shortcuts he probably wins.”
Queensland’s most recent Epsom winner, Captain Sonador, also came through a placing in the Bill Ritchie, but he only dropped 1kg into the Group 1 race.
Rudy is scheduled to return to his Gold Coast stable today and will only arrive back in Sydney on Epsom eve.
BROWNE TAKES A HARDLINE
DAMIAN Browne knocked back the ride on Tatoosh for Paul Perry in this Saturday’s Gloaming Stakes, preferring to stay at home and ride Hardline at Doomben.
Hardline, winner of the Karaka Millions in January, made an impressive return to racing at the Sunshine Coast eight days ago and trainer Liam Birchley is hopeful he can get him to the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington next month.
“I was very relieved with the way he went first up,” Birchley said.
“He doesn’t give you much of a guide on the track, so it’s hard to get a line on him.”
Birchley is weighing up a 1050m Class 6 Plate or a 1200m QTIS race at Doomben this weekend.
Birchley has started taking a team of 14-16 horses to Ipswich of a morning to avoid the congestion at Doomben, with Eagle Farm training tracks now out of play until November.
The logistics of having 500 horses training at Doomben has led to a number of heated discussions between some trainers and BRC officials since the move happened last Sunday.
Browne has had great success interstate in recent years, winning the past two Blue Diamonds and a trio of Group 1 races on Buffering, but famously knocked back the Golden Rose winning ride on Epaulette in 2012.
Tatoosh, a son of Beneteau, finished off nicely in last Friday’s Spring Stakes at Newcastle and is on a Spring Champion Stakes mission.
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Brisbane Courier Mail