McEvoy Targets Group 1 Spring Sprints with Bull Point

After taking over the training of smart middle distance sprinter Bull Point during the autumn, Tony McEvoy is looking forward to the spring return of the Group 1 bound galloper.

Bull Point

Bull Point will debut for new trainer Tony McEvoy this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival targeting a Group 1 sprint win. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Originally prepared by Gai Waterhouse, the now four-year-old Fastnet Rock stallion Bull Point was most recently trained by Sydney’s premier horseman Chris Waller.

Winner of the Group 1 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in February last year, Bull Point has had a dozen subsequent starts but is yet to reenter the winners’ stall.

That’s something connections hope to change this Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival season with the horse moving to McEvoy’s Hawkesbury base back in April, the trainer also working out of Angaston in South Australia.

He will debut for the stable first-up this time in and was last seen running fifth when beaten two lengths by winner Excess Knowledge in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens in late March.

Before that he was sixth in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse, the galloper’s seventh elite level assignment.

His first venture into Group 1 territory was as a two-year-old in the 2013 Golden Rose Stakes when third behind Zoustar as a 30/1 shot.

The other best Group 1 performance from the sprinter was his third behind Trust In A Gust in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in September last year.

McEvoy is pleased with the progress of Bull Point since he welcomed him into his stable and is happy to have a top sprinting type among the ranks ahead of the spring.

“He won the Manfred Stakes in Melbourne and was an enormous run in the Golden Rose – probably a good thing beaten in the Golden Rose – so for him to come into my stable (is good),” McEvoy told Racing Victoria this week.

“He’ll give me a good sprinting arm for the spring.”

Likely targets for Bull Point this time in possibly include the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 29 and a second shot at the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes run this year on Underwood Stakes Day, September 26, over the same track and distance as the Memsie.

From there he could be stepped up to a mile for something like the $400,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on Caulfield Guineas Day, October 10, a race he ran sixth when beaten 1.6 lengths by Trust In A Gust in last year.

McEvoy however could be keen to keep the galloper to the shorter distanced features.

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