Kerrin McEvoy is set to ride Western Australian star Arcadia Queen first-up in Sydney on Saturday but her performance will not further cloud his already difficult choice for next month’s $14m The Everest (1200m).
McEvoy emerged as the rider for Arcadia Queen as the mare’s riders in her opening two Sydney trials – James McDonald and Hugh Bowman – are not certain of being able to make her likely handicap in Saturday’s G2 $200,000 Theo Marks Quality (1300m) at Rosehill.
This means McEvoy will be able to get a good gauge on The Everest credentials on the mystery mare from the West who has raced just six times in Perth for five wins but has not raced at all in 2019.
It is understood that McEvoy will be forced to make his Everest choice this week between last Saturday’s impressive G3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) winner Redzel and the emerging Classique Legend after the trials at Randwick on Tuesday morning.
The decision is expected sooner rather than later as it is anticipated both Redzel and Classique Legend will contest the following Saturday’s $500,000 G2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick.
McEvoy won the first two Everests aboard Redzel and Saturday’s Concorde win saw him reinstated in the market as a genuine candidate for a three-peat. Redzel is the equal second favourite at $7 alongside Osborne Bulls, who is also set to trial at Randwick on Tuesday.
The co-favourites are Concorde runner-up Pierata along with reigning sprint champion Santa Ana Lane at $6. Three-year-old filly Libertini, who narrowly won the Furious Stakes last Saturday is an $8 chance ahead of Classique Legend ($9) and then out to Arcadia Queen at $11.