Twin Stars and Zoist prove too strong at Murray Bridge to capture the lucrative Magic Millions contests for trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy.
Long-range plans came off as Tony and Calvin McEvoy made it a clean sweep of the South Australian Magic Millions races as Twin Stars and Zoist claimed the lucrative prizes at Murray Bridge on Saturday.
It was tough for punters to work out who to invest on in the $202,250 two-year-old event, with all seven runners having just three starts between them, creating a unique market with the favourite Biographer jumping at $4.20, the outsider All Sassed Up starting at $11 and the rest in between.
But that was of little consequence to Twin Stars, who was able to flash his considerable ability on debut after Jake Toeroek gave him a lovely run in transit.
The son of Zoustar, who cost $225,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale, settled near the back of the field with cover before sweeping down the outside in the straight to overhaul All Sassed Up near the line to prevail at $4.80.
That was the first leg of a double for the father and son training combination, who went on to collect the inaugural running of the $122,250 Magic Millions SA 3 & 4YO Classic with 1400m specialist Zoist ($6.50).
This time is was Barend Vorster who followed a very similar pattern as the $280,000 buy beat home interstate visitors Show Some Decorum ($18) and Rathlin ($19) to improve his record to five wins from seven starts at the trip.
All-in-all it was a big day for the McEvoys, who last month announced they would be shutting up their South Australian stable to focus their efforts at their yard in Ballarat.
“I really do target them. These were long-range plans for these horses to go to these races and we’re pleased we’ve won it,” Tony McEvoy said.
“(Twin Stars is) a big, gangly sort of fellow who is still growing into his frame but while all that was happening he still showed us he has nice talent.
“He’s got a lot of strength and I think he’s a miler as he gets older. Jake did a good job on him, gave him a bit of cover and was very strong.
“If he allows me to, there’s a 1250m race coming up and then he’d be a beautiful (Group 3 SA Sires Produce) horse, so we’ll give him that opportunity.
“If he goes home and tells me that’s enough, we’re happy to stop. But if he goes home and eats up and does everything right, we’ll push on to those races.”
Toeroek was full of praise for Twin Stars.
“He won that on pure ability alone, he got there and wanted to duck in but was still full of running on the line,” he said.
“I think he’s going to be a serious horse.”
The McEvoys weren’t the only stable on the day to collect a brace with Michael Hickmott and Jessica Eaton combining for a double of their own as Oath Of Omerta and Munster saluted on their home track.