Former French galloper on way to Easter Cup

Trainer Tony McEvoy admits he has made an “aggressive placement” by running former French galloper Kourkam in Saturday’s Group 2 $200,000 Blamey Stakes.

The traditional 1600-metre contest has attracted a strong line-up of just nine runners, but included in the field is last start Group 1 Futurity Stakes winner Suavito, and runner-up Smokin’ Joey.

“He’s a progressive horse, that’s a good assessment of him,” McEvoy told Racing Network.

“He’s a last start winner and while this is an aggressive placement for him second-up, I want to get him to the Easter Cup,” he said.

“And this fits in really well,” he added.

The Group 3 $150,000 Easter Cup (2000m) will be run at Caulfield on April 4 and McEvoy says that is the horse’s autumn aim.

Kourkam came to Australia from France a maiden, but he has now won four races, including three of his past five and he won first-up this preparation at Morphettville over 1600-metres on February 28.

“I like what he has done so far and he’ll get a chance at his next couple to step-up again,” McEvoy said.



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