Chevalier Hopeful In-Form Mare’s Star Still On The Rise

Trainer Marc Chevalier sees no reason why in-form mare Everyone’s A Star can’t continue on her upward trajectory and consolidate on a last start win at Kensington on Wednesday.

There was a time the Hawkesbury trainer thought she was limited when it came to her distance range but he has no such worries going into the Bivouac First Yearlings Handicap (1150m).

Trainer Marc Chevalier (Pic: Bradley Photos)

Everyone’s A Star recorded her first win beyond 1000m two weeks ago and it gave the stable confidence in her constitution.

“She’s been great for us and she looks like she’s got a bit of improvement in her which is very exciting,’’ Chevalier said.

“She’s getting stronger and she settles better in her races, she can over race a little bit and I think the other day she was very good.

“She’s learning not to burn too much petrol early on and that’s why we’re not worried any more about going up in trip, I used to think she was a 1000m horse.

“We’re going for a very similar race and we think she will run a good race again.”

Chevalier, who has 16 in work at Hawkesbury, said he has his eye on a Midway race for Everyone’s A Star in about a month and given Wednesday is her eighth run this preparation he’s likely to freshen her up regardless of the result.

He’s hoping Tyler Schiller can replicate his winning ride from a fortnight ago where he offset an awkward alley quickly to have her in a striking position, something even more important this time around as she rises 2kg.

“Tyler was amazing, finding that spot one off with cover was just perfect,’’ he said.

“He’s a very good jockey and you want to have him on your side. Having him on it brings us that extra confidence she will be in the finish again but we’ve got a bit more weight this time.

“We’ll probably back off slightly after this run because there’s a Midway coming up for her on the 27th of April.

“She just doesn’t look like she’s had that many starts this prep and she’s still going great guns.”

It’s closing on three years since Chevalier established his Hawkesbury base, but he’s been in Australia since 2011 and worked for the likes of Danny O’Brien, Lloyd Williams, Gary Moore and Paul Messara prior to training.

Meanwhile, Chevalier said his tough stayer Torrens is likely to miss Saturday’s Group 1 Kia Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill in favour of the Chairman’s Quality (2600m) a week later.

The seven-year-old ran seventh in the Manion Cup last weekend and the trainer feels his best chance of securing a spot in the Sydney Cup will come in the Group 2 under quality handicap conditions.

“I was hoping Post Impressionist wouldn’t go (to the Tancred) and the field was a bit smaller,’’ he said.

“Hopefully he runs well enough next week to guarantee a spot in the Sydney Cup which is his main target for the autumn.”

– Racing NSW

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