Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy will return to the track after a brief “freshen-up” for more Group One glory during The Championships at Randwick.
After copping a suspension for his Group One-winning ride on Russian Revolution in The Galaxy on March 18, McEvoy says he’s excited to be back in the saddle for the two-day program.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have a little bit of a freshen-up leading into Saturday,” McEvoy said.
He praised his wife Cathy – a former jockey and sister to Melbourne Cup-winning rider Michelle Payne – for helping him prepare on race day.
“My wife does a great job of giving me some space and allowing me to prepare properly – both physically and mentally – which is the top ingredient for a sportsman and a jockey,” he said.
McEvoy will ride the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Russian Revolution in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).
“Obviously he’s going to find it harder at weight-for-age but he was a fantastic winner at the Galaxy and he’s improved since then,” McEvoy said.
“He goes in there with a good chance. It’s going to be rain-affected ground and he gets through the ground.
“We’ll just have to see how it unfolds. We’ve drawn (barrier) 10, but he’s a horse that’s somewhere up in the front group anyway.”
Russian Revolution is the 5.50 second favourite with Chautauqua the $4.60 favourite to win his third successive TJ Smith Stakes.