Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Reg Ryan
Calvin McEvoy believes two-year-old filly Toyz On Fire has taken big strides forward in her first racing preparation

Co-trainer Calvin McEvoy believes two-year-old filly Toyz On Fire has taken big strides forward in her first racing preparation which has brought a late-season stakes race at Flemington into focus.

Toyz On Fire has earned her chance in Saturday’s Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) for two-year-olds having won a maiden on debut at Wangaratta over 1170m a month ago before coming from back in the field for a close third at Sandown over 1300m at her next start.

“She was a bit slow to learn her craft as a younger filly in South Australia and we got her to a trial in November, albeit educational, but she was still working it out and she never really dazzled us,” McEvoy, who trains in partnership with his father Tony, said.

“But this preparation she has really gone to the next level over in Melbourne. Getting her over there just made her grow up a bit and mature.”

Toyz On Fire steps up in class and distance to 1600m on Saturday but McEvoy said the filly was fit and doing everything right and said the team at Flemington were happy with her.

He said she would likely be ridden conservatively from a wide draw to try to ensure she can ran out the 1600m strongly, which McEvoy believes she can.

The Patrick Payne-trained Cherry Tortoni shapes as the horse to beat in the race having impressed in winning his two starts, including a convincing victory at Flemington over 1420m on June 20.

Cherry Tortoni, who has family links to former champion Tie The Knot, was the $2.80 favourite on Thursday with Toyz On Fire on the second line of betting at $7.

“Obviously there’s a lot of unknowns and she’s stepping up in grade so you can never be overly confident going up against an unbeaten horse like Cherry Tortoni who has just been very, very impressive,” McEvoy said.

“But we wouldn’t be running her if we didn’t think that she was a good chance.

“If she were to be able to get a little bit of black-type on her page it would make her worth a lot of money.”

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Horse Racing Big Bets – Saturday’s Races (inc All Aged Stakes) 24/4/2021

We take a look at the big bets the online bookmakers have taken on Saturday’s horse racing around the country...

Trainer Neville Layt sadly passes away

Queanbeyan-based trainer Neville Layt sadly passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a battle with illness. Layt, 76, passed away at...

Nature Strip secures slot in The Everest

A deal has been struck that will see Nature Strip run for Chris Waller Racing in The Everest. Having contested...

Victorian club lambasted for charging trainer

The Swan Hill Jockey Club has been lambasted on social media after their decision to charge, find guilty and sanction...

Wendy Roche discusses the quirks of Nettoyer

Wendy Roche speaks on Nettoyer after the mare claimed her second Group 1 victory in the Queen Of The Turf...

Likely All Aged Stakes Field – 2021

The 2021 All Aged Stakes will be run this weekend (24/4/2021) at Randwick racecourse and the field is pretty close...

Arcadia Queen’s racing career over

Owner Bob Peters has all but confirmed the career of star mare Arcadia Queen is over, after she suffered a...

Classique Legend suffers HK setback will return to Australia

Just when it appeared Classique Legend was set to show his true colours in Hong Kong with a scheduled return...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or