Having had an easy time guiding champion Winx around Rosehill in a race day gallop, Kerrin McEvoy has had to work hard to get her stablemate Foxplay home in the Group Two Phar Lap Stakes.
The $1.80 Sportsbet favourite for Saturday’s 1500m race, Foxplay was at the tail of the field entering the straight and McEvoy had to check her when she ran into a dead end.
She finally got a clear run and ran purposefully to the line to beat Zenalicious ($21) by a neck.
“I came out just a little bit to give myself options,” McEvoy said.
“I was finishing really well, but I ended up funnelling up into a bit of a dead end so I just had to ask her to steady for a few strides and then ducked in and followed Timmy (Clark) through on Zenalicious.
“Full credit to the filly, she picked up really well when I asked her, and she got me out of trouble.”
Chris Waller was not at Rosehill and his racing manager Charlie Duckworth said the trainer and the filly’s owners, a Star Throughbreds Syndicate, would discuss the next step.
“It’s a good problem to have,” Duckworth said.
“Whether she stays around this trip or whether we step her up in distance – I’ll leave those decisions up to Chris and see how she comes out of today.
“I hope Kerrin wasn’t in the same amount of panic as I was at the turn.
“She has done really well to pick herself up off the turf and rattle on home.”