Avilius adds group 1 to his unbeaten Sydney record

Godolphin import Avilius has promised a group 1 victory since the spring, when he was set on a Melbourne Cup path, but it took getting back to Sydney for him to achieve the dream in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Pivotal five-year-old remains unbeaten in the Harbour City after defying the pattern of the day and charging home in the second half of the field to run down He’s Eminent in a return to form.

Favourite stomping ground: Kerrin McEvoy pilots Avilius to victory in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill.Credit:AAP

“He may be better on this leg,” admitted Kerrin McEvoy as Avilius put behind his defeat in the Australian Cup as an odds-on favourite. “I think he enjoyed getting back to Sydney and getting onto some softer ground.

“I had a nice run through, following Auvray, he picked up really well when I asked him. He powered through the ground. Soon after I asked him, I thought I’ve got this won. It’s pretty evident that he is pretty electric and that ground assisted him.”


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