Ruler By Choice

Ruler By Choice (Image: Racing Photos)

McEvoy to bring winning trio to Flemington

Tony and Calvin McEvoy will look to continue their strong recent form when they step out three-last-start winners at Flemington on Saturday.

Ruler By Choice, a three-year-old filly by Choisir, is undefeated and McEvoy Sr believes she has the ability to make it three wins in succession.

"She's a quality filly and she's given me the indications that she can take the next step as is required this weekend," Tony McEvoy said.

"Stepping up to the 1400m is ideal and I think she'll really enjoy Flemington."

Celtic Rebel is nominated for the Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, but McEvoy stated he'll need to win to confirm the trip.

"If he wins this weekend he'll go to Queensland, if not we'll find options for him here," McEvoy said.

"As a colt he was very naughty, he ran off the track that day he should've won at Morphettville, but we have seen notable improvement since we gelded him.

"He still did a bit wrong when winning first-up, so we've elected to put the winkers on and hopefully that helps him improve again."

Renegade impressed McEvoy first-up and he believes he's found the right race for his lightly raced five-year-old.

"We were really happy with his first-up win after having a long break," he said.

"I think we've found a really nice race for him this Saturday and we're expecting him to go really well."

Secret Blaze will also take his place at Flemington in the Christmas Carols Handicap (2500m) after finishing second in the Listed Pakenham Cup last start.

"He's in tremendous order and it looks a beautiful race for him," McEvoy said.

"We've drawn badly for the fourth time in a row, but thankfully it's only a field of seven this week."

McEvoy was still notably disappointed about Lopez and King And King, who are emergencies and miss a vital chance to qualify for the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on Saturday at Eagle Farm.

"Saturday is a major setback, Racing Queensland in their wisdom decided to only run one race with a field of 10, when they could've had two races with eight runners in each," he said.

"I won't go to Queensland anymore to qualify, if I can't qualify here (Melbourne) I won't be going anymore.

"All we want is an opportunity and we believe that's a fair expectation."