GOODWOOD winner Savatoxl and third placegetter Gytrash look set to head north for the Queensland Racing Carnival, kicking off with the Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup at Eagle Farm on May 29.
Savatoxl, trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy, caught many punters off guard with its outstanding dash and courage to win the Group 1 Goodwood at Morphettville last Saturday, paying $19 for the win.
But Tony McEvoy said he was now a believer that the horse could go on with the job in similar company.
“I just wanted to see it for myself and now I have,’’ McEvoy said.
“He has booked himself a place in the (1300m) Kingsford Smith (May 29) and then likely the Stradbroke (June 12).’’
Both races are Group 1s.
For Goodwood winning jockey Barend Vorster there was no time to celebrate his second Group 1 success in Australia, both for the McEvoy stable, with a strong book of rides at the Gawler Sunday meeting.
Gytrash, which ran a gallant third in the Goodwood after a layoff of about six months, also pulled up well, says trainer Gordon Richards.
“He was super and I am so proud of him,’’ Richards said.
“He has pulled up really well and all things going well will go for the Group 1 race in two weeks (Kingsford Smith Cup).
“It will be a tight turnaround but we will see. He probably needed the run but he ran on really well.’’
While the stable will be a bit quiet in the coming months Richards has high hopes for progressive two-year-old Magic Max which is likely to head to Melbourne soon.
Magic Max has raced twice for two thirds, last Saturday impressing in that position in the Group 3 David Coles Stakes.
The other placegetter in the Goodwood, the Phillips Stokes-trained Instant Celebrity, will head to the paddock for a short break.
Stokes was happy with his charge’s effort during the carnival.
“She ran super and I think she can get stronger, maybe she can get a bit further (distance) but we will see,’’ Stokes said.
The Stokes team will be represented by Mr Quickie in the Stradbroke.
Meanwhile, leading SA jockey Jess Easton almost is certain to resume race riding this Saturday at Murray Bridge. Eaton was injured in a fall in an earlier race on Oaks day (May 1), missing the chance for her first Group 1 ride when she was booked to ride Ecumenical.
Eaton, who heads the jockeys’ premiership with 55 wins, leads Todd Pannell on 51. Pannell took the winning ride on the Michael Hickmott-trained Lord Vladivostok in last Saturday’s Group 43 R A Lee Stakes, a horse Eaton usually rides.
Originally published asThe Goodwood stars heading north
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