|The best is still to come from McBeal according to leading trainer Tony McEvoy
and that came after she annihilated an open class field in the Redcraze Handicap (2000m)
at Caulfield today.
After sitting off the pace the
daughter of Jeune began making ground with about 700 metres to run and then she worked
home strongly for an effortless win.
At the post McBeal had a four length break over the
runner-up La Zoffany, which attempted to kick clear at the top of the home straight.
McEvoy said the mare had been racing in great heart but he
felt the best was still to come.
"Her consistency of
late has been great. She deserves a crack at a better race now as she's down everything
right in recent times."
The Easter Cup has been earmarked as the race for McBeal as
she attempts to take the next step to a stakes performer.
"I think she is going to be a much better horse at her
next preparation," McEvoy said.
When the Caulfield Cup was mentioned as a possible long
distance goal McEvoy didn't knock the suggestion.
The win by McBeal was the second early winner on the card
for the Lindsay Park stable and young apprentice Mark Zahra. McEvoy and Zahra had combined
in the first race of the day with Northerly's half brother North Boy.
Zahra said he enjoyed a lovely run during the race, giving
McBeal a "great ride" according to the trainer.
"They went hard early and she got back a little bit
further back than anticipated. But then she proved too good," Zahra said.
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