Laure Me In (Image: Racing Photos)
Tony McEvoy will give the emerging galloper Laure Me In a chance at Stakes grade next month as he considers setting him for the $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington in March.
Laure Me In showed he was ready to be tested in better company after easily overcoming his rivals on Saturday at Flemington and although McEvoy is wary the veteran of just 11 starts might be out of his depth in The All-Star Mile, he will give the horse the chance to earn a spot.
"We are in a game of dreams," McEvoy said. "If you don't dream, you are in trouble.
"I'll go to the Carlyon Cup if he is well and that will tell me whether The All Star Mile is too big a dream."
The Group 3 Carlyon Cup over 1600 metres is run at Caulfield on February 9.
Laure Me In, who was among the 136 entries for The All-Star Mile when entries closed last week, started at $2.40 on Saturday and after being positioned midfield by jockey Luke Currie, he quickly put the race away in the home straight and had a two-length margin over $151 chance The Mighty Jrod, with a half length to Amadeus ($26) in third place.
McEvoy said he was trying to be realistic about The All-Star Mile with Laure Me In.
"It's probably too big a step at the moment but that's what I think of the horse. I might take him to the Carlyon Cup now to see if he can take that next step," he said.
"He's building a really good profile. He's very honest. I am not sure where he can take us but I will raise the bar with him now.
"It was his seventh run in but you wouldn't know it. He's a very good doer and a very sound horse.
"He took a while to get there as a younger horse but the owners have been really patient with him and they have really deserved what they are getting now."
McEvoy said his two main horses for The All-Star Mile were Manuel and Bring Me Roses.