Group 1 C F Orr Stakes (1400m) winner Manuel. Group 1 The Goodwood ( 1200m) winner Despatch and Dollar For Dollar will provide trainer Tony McEvoy with a three-pronged tilt at the Stradbroke Handicap.
McEvoy’s son and assistant trainer Calvin said Manuel, who was disappointing in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) on May 11, appeared in good order ahead of Saturday’s race.
“Dad went up there and watched over him for a few days,” McEvoy said.
“He seemed to be fresh and well and moving nicely so he had a trial at the Gold Coast. I don’t know what was in the trial but he did it very well. He’s a horse that puts himself there and is tough and if he does put his best foot forward he’ll be competitive.”
Luke Currie will ride Manuel, Barend Vorster sticks with Despatch and Jamie Kah will partner Dollar For Dollar.