McEvoy signals Sydney move for Misty Eyes

Blackfriars gelding Misty Eyes will be transferred to Sydney following his last-start victory in Adelaide.

Trainer Tony McEvoy has just opened a stable at Hawkesbury and he’s keen to test the promising sprinter-miler in stronger company after four wins at Morphettville this season.

Misty Eyes (4g Blackfriars – Festival Twig by Papal Power) scored by a half-length under stable jockey Vinnie Colgan in the Henry Brown Hcp (1400m) after being specked into $4.80.  “He looked a 1000/1 chance on the home turn,” McEvoy said.  “But all credit to the horse for rounding up the leaders – it was a very impressive win.”

McEvoy will consider starting the grey galloper again this Saturday and he will also discuss future plans with owner Greg Hicks.  “We might move him to our new Kildalton Park stables at Hawkesbury,” he explained.  “He prefers tighter tracks and there are a plenty of options over there.”

Misty Eyes was a $26,000 graduate from the Scenic Lodge draft at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions but didn’t debut until January 2012.  “He was still mentally immature,” McEvoy recalled.  “His physique was great but he didn’t really know what racing was all about.”

McEvoy helped prepare Blackfriars to a Group 1 victory in the 1999 Victorian Derby.  He was stable foreman at Lindsay Park when the son of Danehill claimed the classic for owner-breeder Robert Sangster.

Misty Eyes is the final foal of Flemington winner Festival Twig.  Her younger half-sister My Brightia (Bellotto) was a G1 winner of the 2006 Victorian Oaks.

Group 1 star Playing God is also back on board for Blackfriars in Perth.  Trainer Neville Parnham was thrilled with his fast-finishing third first-up in the G3 Roma Cup last Saturday.

Earlier in the day, stablemate Black Magic Miss won the at Belmont.  The Blackfriars mare burst through a gap in the straight to claim a late victory in the Italo-Australia Centre Hcp (1300m).

Blackfriars will stand for a service fee of $20,000 (plus gst) this year.  For more information, broodmare owners should call Scenic Lodge on (08) 9571 0155.

– Karl Patterson