Confident: Jockey Kerrin McEvoy believes Orbec will find the 2100 metres of the Wyong Cup to his liking on Friday. Photo: bradleyphotos上海m.auKerrin McEvoy believes Orbec will find the 2100 metres of the Wyong Cup to his liking on Friday and if it is wet, all the better. The French import finished midfield with McEvoy in the saddle first-up in the Premiers Cup Prelude and follows the same path as last year, when he ran third in the Wyong Cup.
“He ran well and just ran out of condition late first-up, but he will be better suited at this trip,” McEvoy said. “He handled Wyong well last year and was a bit unlucky in the cup there. Looking at his form he will handle a wet track, so the indications are positive.”
Boost for McDougall
John Thompson has rewarded his apprentice Blaike McDougall by keeping him on Signposted as he looks for four in a row at Randwick on Saturday.
“He started riding him in trackwork and worked him out and turned him around into a winner,” Thompson said. “He gets on really well with him. He had three rides for three wins and they have all been good rides. He just gets him to relax and rates him well in front and that’s what he will be trying to do on Saturday. He is a good kid and it is chance for him to see what goes on a carnival day.”
McDougall has picked up five rides for the day, including Forget for Kim Waugh and I’m Imogen in the Furious Stakes.
Balmain Boy ready
Les Bridge believes he has a miler in Balmain Boy, but he is ready to make his mark first-up at Randwick on Saturday. Balmain Boy stepped up to the three-year-old group races in the autumn, but it came a bit soon for him.
“He probably wasn’t ready for that, but he is stronger this time in and his barrier trials have him ready for a good preparation,” Bridge said. “I think he is going to be at his best at the mile, but he is fresh and ready to run a good race on Saturday.”
Glamour set to shine
Global Glamour, a winner at her only start, returns in the Furious Stakes after having a similar operation to Winx, removing a bone chip from a fetlock. Co-trainer Adrian Bott said the Star Witness filly had always been near the top of their list as a two-year-old and showed that at her only start, a 6 length win at Kembla Grange in January.
“She has come back and been very good in both trials and we are mindful that she is going to 1200m first-up,” Bott said.