TONY McEvoy believes all the signs are positive that Le Roi will “love” his step up to 2400 metres in Wednesday’s Summer Cup at Rosehill on Wednesday.
The former French horse put his winning streak of three on the line as he steps up for the first time to the Summer Cup distance, but McEvoy said he could not fault the horse since he won impressively at Caulfield on December 1.
Le Roi spent 20 days at David Hayes’ Euroa complex after his win at Caulfield over 2000 metres, where he worked the Sydney way.
“He’s been really bright and well and he lobbed into Sydney last Friday morning and he’s really stimulated by being in Sydney,” McEvoy said.
“All the signs are that he will love 2400 (metres) pedigree wise plus the horse. He’s really loved the extra work and he’s thriving.”
McEvoy said Le Roi, backed from $3.20 to $2.60 with Sportsbet.com.au to win the Summer Cup, had been purchased with next year’s spring specifically in mind.
Victory in the Group 3 race will enable Le Roi to pass the ballot clause for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
“He is still only three and a half. He’s still very young; he’s still got a lot to learn. Glen Boss got off him at Caulfield and said ‘he hasn’t got a racing head on him yet’,” McEvoy said.
“The plan was not to put too much pressure on him this time in, but we will be gearing him up for the spring next year.”