Tony McEvoy won out in a yearling sale bidding war that has paid dividends with the debut win of Azazel at Moonee Valley.
A son of Snitzel, Azazel took out the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley on Saturday under a confident ride of jockey Luke Currie.
Sent out the $5 second elect, Azazel scored by 1-3/4 lengths from Can’t Remember ($26) with Ephesian ($51) 1-1/2 lengths away third.
McEvoy revealed Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan had picked out the Snitzel colt as his favourite at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale earlier in the year.
A bidding duel between McEvoy and Ryan’s representative Damion Flower saw the price for the colt reach $310,000.
“Damion told me afterwards that when it went out of his range he tried ringing Gerald who was on a plane,” McEvoy said.
“When he finally got Gerald he asked how much he had to pay only to learn Tony McEvoy had bought him for $310,000.
“Damion said if he had got hold of Gerald the price would have been much more.”
“He’s a big strong boy, eats almost as much as me,” McEvoy said.
“I’m sure you’ll then see him in the autumn.”
McEvoy said he’s got a strong team of two-year-olds this year and Azazel’s victory was the trainer’s second from three starters this season.
Currie, sporting a black eye after being struck by a clod at Geelong on Wednesday, said Azazel was lost early in the race after a slow beginning and being buffeted.