The McEvoy clan will get together in a bid to produce a huge upset in Saturday’s Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Sydney-based jockey Kerrin McEvoy will head to Caulfield to ride Pegasi for his uncle Tony and cousin Calvin McEvoy in Saturday’s $1.5 million race.
Pegasi is a $71 chance in Blue Diamond betting despite finishing in the money at all three starts to date.
Calvin McEvoy expects the son of Star Turn to exceed the market expectations on Saturday.
“He’s a really nice colt but he’s probably flying under the radar a little bit,” McEvoy said.
“I really think he’s a top six chance. I’m quite excited to take him to take him to the Blue Diamond.”
Pegasi beat the subsequent dual Sandown winner Lightsaber to win at Geelong two starts back before a solid third in the $2 million Inglis Millennium in Sydney at his last run.
It was the Inglis Millennium run behind the impressive Profiteer that convinced McEvoy of Pegasi’s ability to measure up to Blue Diamond level.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode brilliant colt Sepoy to victory in the Blue Diamond Stakes in 2011. Photo: AAP Image/Joe Castro.Source:AAP
“It was a bit of a strange run because he’d done nothing wrong with his second and his win but we took him up to Sydney for that rich race,” McEvoy said.
“I really thought at about the 600(m) that he was going to be beaten a fair way.
“But he’s such a tough horse that he really fought back and got beaten a pimple for second.
“If Profiteer was going to the Blue Diamond, I believe he’d be fighting out favouritism with Enthaar and our horse went well behind Profiteer.”
McEvoy said getting Pegasi back to Victoria could produce further improvement at his fourth run this time in.
“I think the 1200(m) will suit him better and back to the Melbourne way will suit better and he’s trained on,” McEvoy said.
Pegasi will start from the middle of the line after drawing barrier nine in the Blue Diamond while the $2.30 favourite Enthaar will jump from the tricky barrier 14.
Kerrin McEvoy has won two Blue Diamond Stakes. He won the race in 2001 aboard the Mike Moroney-trained True Jewels and on the brilliant youngster Sepoy for the Darley operation in 2011.
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