McEvoy and Qewy reunited for Sandown Cup
JOCKEY Kerrin McEvoy and Godolphin's English trainer Charlie Appleby are hoping the magic continues for them on Saturday when Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Qewy tackles the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m).
McEvoy has already ridden Appleby-trained horses to victory in the Geelong Cup, Bendigo Cup and Lexus Stakes this spring, aside from his Melbourne Cup-winning ride on the Lloyd Williams-owned Almandin.
Appleby's assistant James Ferguson is delighted McEvoy will be back in the saddle on Qewy after their win in the Geelong Cup.
"Kerrin McEvoy rode him very well from the front at Geelong and he's back on,” Ferguson told reporters.
"We're quite confident of him running well again. In every run here he's exceeded our expectations and to run fourth in the Melbourne Cup was a fantastic thrill for the whole team.
"The 3200-metre trip suits, as he showed in the Cup, and he looks capable of controlling this race.
"He's come out of the Melbourne Cup very, very well. He's in absolutely fantastic shape.”
Qewy will carry the top weight of 58.5kg in a field reduced to nine by the scratchings of Cinnamon Carter and Sly Romance.
The seven-year-old gelding is a firm favourite, his price sitting between $2.10 and $2.15 with major betting operators.
Next in the betting is De Little Engine ($4.40-$5), who finished fourth in the Lexus Stakes (Group 3, 2500m) on Derby Day and followed up with a well-beaten fourth in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 3, 2600m) last Saturday, the final day of the Flemington carnival.