Tony McEvoy has high hopes for Twin Stars, declares Illation unbeatable

Tony McEvoy thinks he has a winning chance in the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Morphettville but a rival will be too good in the Adelaide Guineas.

It’s a mixed bag for Tony McEvoy in Saturday’s feature races at Morphettville, the champion trainer holding high hopes for talented two-year-old Twin Stars in the South Australian Sires’ Produce Stakes while declaring boom rival Illation unbeatable in the Adelaide Guineas.

Fresh off winning the Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes with Silent Sovereign last weekend, Team McEvoy takes another strong hand into the third day of the Adelaide carnival, headlined by juvenile Twin Stars.

The exciting colt kicked off his career with an impressive victory in the Magic Millions SA 2YO Classic in March before returning with an eye-catching second to rising star See You In Heaven in the Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes last start.

The stable is expecting a bold effort this weekend with the $2.90 favourite to relish a step up to 1400m, while connections are eyeing off two million dollar races in Queensland if all goes well.

“He’s done everything right – he just found that race a bit sharp, which was our worry,” said McEvoy, who trains in partnership with his son Calvin.

“He got away with it in restricted grade but not against those, they were too fast, but he was fabulous and the 1400m, he’ll love.

“He’ll go to the (Group 2 BRC) Sires’ Produce Stakes and the (Group 1) JJ Atkins if he comes through this well.”

McEvoy is hopeful rather than confident with Water Into Wine, who takes his place in the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) after two wins from his past three starts.

The SA Derby looks a big step up in class for the young stayer – his most recent win was in a BM 64 at Geelong – but there has been some support in betting with the TAB more than halving his quote from $81 to $34.

“He’s got a long way to come up but they’re only three once and he looks like he can stay,” McEvoy said.

“He’s won three out of six and he’s got us into the race, which is exciting, but he’ll start at a long price as you would expect.

“We’ve got to ride him to get the trip. He’ll be ridden like he was the other day, where he’s comfortable, and see if he’s good enough.”

While McEvoy considers Water Into Wine a rough chance, he’s all but conceded the Adelaide Guineas to Illation, who looked a genuine Group 1 horse when crushing his rivals in the Listed Nitschke Stakes a fortnight ago.

Illation thrashed McEvoy’s quality filly Defining on that occasion, so he understands what he’s capable of as well as anyone.

Punters haven’t wasted any time either, backing the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr-trained three-year-old into $1.25.

It’s why the McEvoy stable has scratched Star Of Chaos, preferring an option in Melbourne, and rolling the dice with Last Girl Love as she tries to pick up some black-type.

“That horse of Mick Price’s looks too good at the set weights,” McEvoy said.

“(Last Girl Love) will run there and then she’ll go to the paddock. No-one will be beating (Illation).”

Originally published as Tony McEvoy has high hopes for Twin Stars and declares Illation unbeatable

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