Tony McEvoy’s French import Eyrton to step out on Saturday

TONY McEvoy admits he’s unsure what to expect from French import Eyrton when he makes his Australian debut on Saturday.

Eyrton is a four-year-old entire who raced just once in France, for a win over 1600m at Saint-cloud in November, before being purchased to race in Australia.

He has trialled twice for McEvoy, winning at Murray Bridge before finishing third at Gawler on May 8, both times with Matthew Neilson in the saddle.

The Angaston trainer said he was taking a ‘wait-and-see approach’ with Eyrton and had made no significant plans beyond this weekend.

He is nominated for two races over 1400m on the Parks circuit at Morphettville on Saturday, plus a race at Flemington over the same trip.

“I’m looking forward to learning more about him myself,” McEvoy said.

“He arrived out here and went straight into training. We thought we’d give him a race.

“We’ve got no grand plans for him this year.

“He’s had one start in his life and it was over a mile on a heavy track, so he should get a mile-and-a-half, you’d think.

“His two trials have been quite nice in Adelaide. He showed quite a bit of dash in his first trial, so I thought he’d be able to run well over 1400m.



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