Eyrton set for Australian debut at Caulfield

Trainer Tony McEvoy is looking forward to unleashing import Eyrton at Caulfield on Saturday.

The five-year-old son of Muhtathir led for most of the way to defeat four others in a barrier trial over 1190m by six lengths at Cranbourne on September 21.

“He’s come on very nicely since the trial and I’m looking forward to his first run in Australia,” McEvoy said.

“The trial didn’t really tell me that much other than the horse is well and he enjoyed it.

“From a form perspective it didn’t really tell me much at all.”

Eyrton won his only start in France over 1600m on a heavy track at Saint-Cloud last November. He was ready to race earlier in the year before a minor virus saw him sent to the spelling paddock.

McEvoy has been patient with Eyrton and is in no rush to tackle better company.

“The race on Saturday is a nice low mark to kick him off and we’ll take him through his grades,” McEvoy said.

“My plan is for the horse to have a quiet spring and then be set up for the autumn.

“I like the horse and I think he’s got some upside.”

Eyrton is handicapped with 60kg in the benchmark 70 handicap over 1600m on Saturday with James Winks booked to ride.



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