Morphettville: Tony McEvoy looking to Hurtle and Semeco to end frustrating run on Boxing Day

Leading trainer Tony McEvoy admits the stable has had a frustrating run with its two-year old stock this season, having had just two juveniles get to the race track.

There is reason for increased optimism, however, with Tony and Calvin McEvoy unveiling two youngsters at Morphettville and a two-year which could be headed to the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast at Caulfield.

Hurtle and Semeco, a $390,000 purchase, will make their debut in the Two-Year-Old Plate at Morphettville on the back of trial wins, while Yulong Jet has his first outing in Melbourne.

“We have had a slow start with our babies,” Tony said. “Normally we have had a lot more runners by this stage.

“We had only two runners for a win and a second. It has been a frustrating run with them being immature and not quite ready.

“We never push them, but we love getting these babies to the races. If we take them to the races they are sound and well and ready to go.”

Tony said he was a bit surprised Semeco had proved he was ready to race this early, being by Pierro.

“He trialled nicely at Balaklava, although there were only three in it and one ran off at the turn,” he said. “That confused him and he wanted to follow it out.

“Whether he will know enough, and being a Pierro it may be a little soon for him. I expect him to run very well, provided he doesn’t make any mistakes.

“Hurtle trialled quite nicely and has trained on well. So I’m hopefully he can take that trial to the races.”

Yulong Jet has had a couple of trials in Melbourne and has been nominated for the Magic Millions on January 16, although Tony believes the rich event will probably “come up too quick for him”.

“We will let him do the talking, if he runs well and tells us he should be up on the Gold Coast I’ll put him on a plane,” Tony said.

The stable has labelled the $102,250 Southern Speed Series Final at Morphettville as a “pretty important” race for Resurge after disappointing when fifth at headquarters at his most recent start.

Tony said the effort was very plain after Resurge had a beautiful run.

“I’ve given him the benefit of the doubt because he has been running quite well,” he said. “If he does not step up in this race we will have to make some decisions on him, he needs to lift.”

Originally published asMcEvoy to unveil 2YO talent

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