Fascinating two-12 months-outdated Jimando will reunite with his debut-successful jockey Nash Rawiller, raising Tony McEvoy’s hopes he can land his 2nd get in the Group Two Sires’ Develop Stakes at Flemington.
McEvoy, who qualified 2004 winner Scarcely A Minute when the head trainer for Lindsay Park, stated he was encouraged that Rawiller chased the ride on Jimando for Saturday’s time-honoured 1400-metre feature.
“Nash won the Debutants Stakes on him at his initial commence at Caulfield and was eager to get again on the horse which was really satisfying for us,” McEvoy mentioned.
Blake Shinn, who rides in Sydney this weekend, has partnered Jimando at his very last two begins at Caulfield.
He finished third on him to Mama’s Option in the Listed Emirates Airline Stakes (1100m) and previous commence from the outdoors barrier in the sixteen-horse Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) shot forward and ran a tough-fought fourth.
“It was a extremely great operate in the Blue Diamond as he failed to get significantly of a rest from that gate,” McEvoy stated.
“He had to do all the function and I thought he toughed it out quite well.”
Jimando has drawn barrier eleven in the Sires’ Create but McEvoy is supremely confident he will operate a strong 1400 metres.
“He will enjoy the journey,” McEvoy mentioned.
“It is a really even, tough race once again and a large field but we’re hoping he can operate an additional great race for us.
“He is really pleased and nicely and I am fairly happy with him.”
Rusambo (fifth), Mama’s Alternative (seventh) and Andre Roo Hoo (15th) also occur through the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Nevertheless Black Caviar’s half-brother All Also Tough ($ 3.eighty) is the Sires’ Develop Stakes favorite getting won the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) at his only race start a few weeks back.
Jimando is second favorite at $ six just ahead of Shamexpress ($ 6.50) who was a half-length 2nd to Pronto Pronto ($ 7) at Sandown on February 29.