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Tony McEvoy’s untapped Commands colt Jimando will be aimed at the Caulfield Guineas 2012 this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, their campaign to kick off in Adelaide this Saturday.
Set to make their three-year-old debut in the $34,000 Dominant Handicap (1050m) at their home track at Morphettville on the weekend, Jimando hasn’t raced since their sixth to boom youngster All Too Hard in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington back in March.
That run came on the back of a fourth to Samaready in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and a good first-up third to Mama’s Choice in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.
Jimando was first seen at Caulfield for their winning debut in October last year where they put three and a half lengths on their closest rival in the Listed Inglis Debutants Stakes (1000m).
While expectations were high with the punters and bookies for Jimando in the Blue Diamond, McEvoy said he was always happy with their effort despite being beaten seven lengths and that he tipped him for bigger things as a three-year-old.
“He raced a lot better than we all expected to be honest, his pedigree suggested that he would come on a bit later than that,” McEvoy said.
“His win on debut was fantastic at Caulfield and then his return run back in the Chairman’s Stakes was very competitive.
“The barrier (16 of 16) probably cost him running second in the Blue Diamond.
“Looking back on it, that run in the Diamond took a lot out of him and he raced a bit flat in the Sires.
“We took no chances with him and just decided to tip him straight out.”
So far Jimando has amassed just under $120,000 in prize money which is already more than double their bargain purchase price of $50,000 which connections paid at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sales.
Having come on well over their five month break, McEvoy is confident they will add to those stakes considerably this year naming the $1 million Group 1 The Age Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday October 13 as their main aim.
“At the moment our big plan is to aim him towards the (Caulfield) Guineas,” McEvoy confirmed.
Jimando goes into Saturday’s race, which drew just five acceptors, without a trial making the event more of a hitout and fitness test than anything.
“I wanted to trial him earlier on but unfortunately they were called off,” McEvoy said.
“I figured I don’t have enough time to wait until the next trials are on so we’ve elected to run him this Saturday instead.”
After Saturday’s race Jimando will then head over to Victoria for the $120,000 Listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on August 25, their performance in which will help determine exactly what path they will take heading into the Caulfield Guineas.
“Depending on how he runs at Mooney Valley will determine which way we go with him,” McEvoy said.
“I’ve been really pleased with him at home, but we all know what they do at home is one thing and what they do on game day is another.
“I just want to see him perform before we really start pencilling in his big Spring goals.”
Caulfield Guineas 2012 nominations were taken yesterday, the three-year-olds’ classic attracting 237 early entries.
Futures Caulfield Guineas betting markets at the Aussie bookies are firmly led by Golden Slipper winner Pierro ($2.10) followed closely by Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard ($3).
Jimando meanwhile is a roughie at a quote of around $41.
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