McEvoy keen to stick with Darley stars

Kerrin McEvoy has put his hand up for a trip to Dubai for World Cup Night

Darley’s No 1 jockey Kerrin McEvoy has expressed a desire to maintain his association with star three-year-olds Sepoy and Helmet when they compete on Dubai World Cup Night next March.

News emerged late yesterday afternoon that following a brief Melbourne Festival of Racing campaign, Peter Snowden’s two wondercolts would head to Dubai to race in front of their owner, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

McEvoy has ridden Sepoy to his four Group 1s, including the Blue Diamond-Golden Slipper double, and Caulfield Guineas hero Helmet to his three wins at the top level and would love to be a part of the first phase of their international careers.

“It would be fantastic if I could go over there and be a part of their campaign over in Dubai, but we’ll just have to wait and see,” McEvoy told Radio Sport National.

“But with Frankie Dettori being their (Goldolphin’s) No 1 jockey it might well be that he gains the ride over there.

“I’m just looking forward to getting the horses back in work and helping Peter and the team prepare them to go there.

“It would nice to see them run here in Australia, so Australia can farewell them and they go off to Sheik Mohammed over in Duabi.”

It seems likely that Helmet, who returned to work at Snowden’s Flemington stable yesterday morning, will have two runs during the Festival of Racing, culminating with the Australian Guineas on March 3.

Sepoy, who returns to the stable next Tuesday, will probably have only one run with Snowden suggesting the timing of the $350,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on February 25 fits in well.

The 1900-metre UAE Derby and the Golden Shaheen (1200m), both worth $2 million, are the respective races that they will target on the March 31 program.

South Australian-raised McEvoy is no stranger to Dubai, having been Godolphin’s No 2 rider behind Dettori for four years before returning to Australia in 2008 to become Darley’s No 1 jockey when they bought out the Ingham’s Woodlands operation.

He benefitted from his association with Sheikh Mohammed later that year when he rode the Godolphin-raced All The Good to Caulfield Cup victory and is a regular rider of Godolphin’s Melbourne Cup runners.

McEvoy gained an ally in his quest to partner Sepoy and Helmet in Dubai with Snowden, who will train the pair until after their Dubai World Cup Night commitments, after which he hand them over to Godolphin, keen to keep him on.

“We haven’t spoken about jockeys yet but hopefully Kerrin will be able to go with them because it’s been a good partnership,” Snowden said.

“He knows the horses inside out, so it would be a big advantage to have Kerrin on them. But ‘m not sure who the boss wants on as yet.”

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