Three times Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy is chasing his first win in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday on the Chris Waller trained Unforgotten.
McEvoy has to work hard to get down to Unforgotten’s weight of 51.5kg but the top line jockey is confident that mare has a terrific chance to claim one of the four Group 1 races on the first day of The Championships.
Unforgotten finished third with McEvoy in the saddle in the Group 1 $1m Epsom Handicap over the Randwick Mile during the 2018 Sydney Spring Carnival and said that he was happy with her latest effort when fourth to Avilius in the Group 1 $700,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 23.
“She was very unlucky in the Epsom in the spring and I can see her running a great race in what’s a competitive race,’’ McEvoy told Racing New South Wales News Desk.
“She’s had the old tried and tested formula of a 2000m race then back to the Randwick mile. Chris has used that before.’’
“She has come out of her last run feeling really well.”
“I take a lot of confidence that I rode her in the Epsom with 52½ kilos in the spring, and she should have won that race, now she has only has 51½ in the Doncaster.”
Unforgotten has drawn awkwardly at barrier eighteen but could move in two spots in the final twenty horse field if all of the four emergencies fail to gain a start.
Unforgotten is going into the Doncaster Mile fourth up and prior to her run in the Ranvet Stakes chased home her super star stablemate Winx twice at Randwick when fifth in the Group 2 $250,000 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) followed by a third in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
Unforgotten is the best fancied of Waller’s four Doncaster Mile runners in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au and is marked at $13 in a fairly wide market that has the Team Hawkes trained three year old Brutal as the $5.50 favourite.