Wait proves worthwhile

Trainer Tony McEvoy brought up a double in consecutive races when debutant Moon Spinner landed a huge plunge at Morphettville on Saturday, February 17.

After opening at $5 in early markets, Moon Spinner firmed into $2.10 by race day, then was backed again to run the $1.75 favourite in the Quayclean Maiden (1100m).

His supporters had little worry as the four-year-old settled second before going clear in the home straight to score by 1-1/4 lengths from Charossa ($16) with Shall We Hope ($20), a long neck away third.

Moon Spinner was ridden perfectly by Jamie Kah, as was Double Denman, McEvoy’s winner in the previous event.

Assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy said the owners deserved to be rewarded for their patience.

“The stable has always had an opinion of the horse, but he has had a few issues to reach today,” McEvoy said.

“He has had knee and wind surgery over time but has come through them well and today indicated why we have been prepared to wait for him.”

Moon Spinner was being trained out of McEvoy’s Flemington stable and did run fifth in a trial at Geelong on January 29 but subsequently he ran in a Flemington jumpout and cruised in finishing second behind star sprinter Sheidel.

McEvoy made the decision to bring him home with today’s maiden an ideal way to kick off his racing career.

Moon Spinner cost $575,000 as a yearling at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

McEvoy said the stable would wait until they saw how he handled today’s race before looking at a future program.

“I’m sure he can go to better races but, for the present, I believe we will look to work him through the classes.”

 


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