Big Evs is back to his best with a devastating display in the Carlsberg Danish Pilsner Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.
Speedster Mick Appleby struck big race gold at both Royal Ascot and Goodwood when he won the Molecombe Stakes, but after being tasked with facing the seniors at Nunthorpe last time out, he was unable to race and was ultimately one of the disappointments. In the first sprint race in York.
Returning to race against his age group, the son of Blue Point put his rivals to the sword from the start to add a Group Two trophy to his growing CV and after quickly clearing the stalls in the hands of Tom Marquand, the 9-4 favorite made his way to the Town Moor as his rivals chased the tail The fast young man is in vain.
The two and three-quarter length winner now appears to have booked his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup in November.
“After he jumped out of the stalls there was really no doubt,” Appleby said. “Once he got three or four lengths in, they couldn’t catch him. You have to be in front on this ground.
“It’s not the ideal ground for him but he’s done the job well. He’s won the Molecomb and Flying Childers on soft ground now.”
“We just had to put a line through Nunthorpe. I think he had an exceptionally tough race at Goodwood, and I think that took its toll.
“I think it’ll be the next Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, right there. It’s a five-furlong distance at Santa Anita that should be perfect. If he can get the rail, it could be tough to hook back up.”
“He was a fantastic horse, the owners have turned down some big offers and there will be more now, but fortunately he is not for sale.
“Going into this, I was thinking one race didn’t make him a bad horse. If he had disappointed again we would have been scratching our heads, but he did the job well today.
“Tom rode him today while Jason (Hart) was at Chester for his boss (John Quinn). If Highfield Princess goes to the Breeders’ Cup then Jason will be too, so he’ll be there and all will be well. Ride him again “Tom was a great sub today.”