“Especially with this horse, if you remember he ran in the Makybe Diva and then I freshened him back to the 1200 of the Manikato and he won, so he’ll be effective, and we’re only talking 100 metres so it’s probably not significant,” he said.
The son of Duporth will jump from gate 14 of 15, but McEvoy said stable jockey Luke Currie had plenty of time to get the horse in a suitable settling position.
“Barriers do play a big part, don’t they, in results but I’ve had a walk of this track and it’s a magnificent track,” he said.
“The 1200-metre start, you’ve got a 600-metre run before you even turn and then you turn for 200 and you’ve got a 400-metre straight. Luke’s got plenty of time to sort out what he’d like to do.
“I’m not sure about [leading] but he’ll roll forward from out there and if we lead it will be at our pace and if they go too quick, we’ll just slot in.”
McEvoy said he was excited about the prospect of sharing a maiden group 1 with son Calvin following their decision to form a training partnership, adding bookmakers had underrated the 2017 Manikato Stakes winner.
“The barrier draw I think he was $7.50 or $8 and yesterday someone said he was $26 so I’m not quite sure what happened there,” he said.
“I think that is ridiculous, that price.
“It’s a chance to win our first group 1 with my son Calvin who’s on board with me now so it’s very significant and very exciting. Hey Doc has been at the elite level and been successful so I think we’ve got the right horse. Now I hope we just get the right run.
“What he’s done for my brand has been significant too, this horse. We love him, we’re very proud of the horse and really looking forward to how he’ll run for us tomorrow.”
The father-son partnership has produced an impressive winning strike rate of 24.1 per cent since joining forces.
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.