McEvoy forced into Sydney choice

08 February 2018 05:24:35 EST

Sanctimonious will race in the $250,000 Inglis Classic at Warwick Farm on Saturday, but trainer Tony McEvoy has admitted heading to Sydney was not his first choice.

The colt won at Moonee Valley last Friday night and was on course for the $200,000 Group 2 VRC Sires Produce (1400m) at Flemington on 10th March.

McEvoy had initially planned a 1300m midweek race at Sandown as an ideal stepping stone, but after the meeting on 21st February was transferred to Caulfield, McEvoy changed his blueprint and elected to send Sanctimonious to Sydney.

"I must admit I didn't really want to go back to Sydney with him, I thought a 1300m race at Sandown would be perfect for him," McEvoy said.

"But that race meeting has been transferred to Caulfield and a few days before the Blue Diamond the rail that day will be out in no-man's land.

"So I ran the figures in the Inglis race in Sydney and I thought he would get into it really well. He is a very nice horse and he has come though his Moonee Valley run in fantastic order.

"Things went a bit wrong in Sydney for him last time he was there, but I have done more work on his Sydney leg and I think racegoers in Sydney will see a vastly different horse this time."

Jockey Tim Clark will take the ride, with Sanctimonious 17/10 in the Fixed Win market for Race 5 at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Pembroke Castle is priced at 11/1, while Ballistica is available at 4/1.

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