One of Australia’s leading jockeys Kerrin McEvoy has picked up the prized ride on Saturday’s 2012 Sydney Cup favourite Permit with the galloper’s most recent hoop Corey Brown serving suspension.
Brown rode Chris Waller’s flying French import to victory in the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) at Randwick when they defeated a field full of fellow Sydney Cup hopefuls including runner-up Older Than Time on April 14 but will miss the big one on the weekend.
Waller, who is out for successive wins in the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) following the success of Stand To Gain 12 months ago, has since confirmed that former Melbourne Cup winning hoop McEvoy will be in the saddle of his leading chance this year.
It will be the jockey’s first time on the horse, and the horse’s first time of the 3200-metres, but neither worries McEvoy.
“I haven’t ridden him (but) Chris said he is pretty straightforward, I didn’t need to ride him trackwork – I’ll watch all his videos,” he said.
“It is his first time at the two miles.
“He was just short of it back in France.
“Chris Waller has worked out the horse quite quickly.
“He is in good form, winning lesser races quite nicely.”
In Europe Permit raced as far as 3016-metres while after arriving in Australia and originally prepared by Michael Moroney they ran over 3100-metres at Sandown.
As for the main dangers in the Sydney Cup field on Saturday? McEvoy rates Niwot ($4.60) and Drunken Sailor ($6.50) as the horses to beat after they ran fourth and third respectively in The BMW last start.
“It looks another nice field on Saturday,” he said.
“Old Efficient is a Melbourne Cup winner, Niwot is a nice stayer in form, while Drunken Sailor turned in a good run at weight-for-age last start and is returning to a handicap.”
Permit is one of three Sydney Cup horses for Waller on the weekend along with the reigning champ Stand To Gain and last year’s hard luck story Hawk Island.
Topping the Sydney Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au is Permit paying $3.40.
Hawk Island is the next best fancied of Waller’s trio in the Sydney Cup betting markets paying $21 while Stand To Gain, who has finished at the back of the field in all but one of their seven runs since winning last year’s race, is a $101 roughie.
Seven-year-old Hawk Wing gelding Hawk Island fell during the run last Sydney Cup and failed to finish, jockey Glyn Schofield maintaining their recent association with them on Saturday.
McEvoy was also caught up in last year’s Sydney Cup fall cracking two ribs, but said that run aside his record in the classic was a good one.
“Other than the fall, I’ve got a pretty good record in the Sydney Cup,” he said.
“I won the race on Honor Babe (2003) and I’ve had a couple of placings.”
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