Almanzor’s son top staying prospect

Almanzor’s son top staying prospect28 Feb 2024

Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s patient handling of Bavicia looks set to be handsomely rewarded.

The Ballarat trainers have taken their time with Almanzor’s son who was in a league of his own when produced second-up over 1800 metres on the Hillside course at Sandown.

The lightly tried four-year-old lobbed along in fourth spot before he strode to the 250 metres from home and romped home by three and a-quarter lengths in the hands of Luke Currie.

“He’s a horse with a future and he was fantastic,” Calvin McEvoy said.

“He won over 2000 metres last prep and he’s got so much improvement to come.”

Bavicia finished a creditable sixth in the Listed Morphettville Guineas 11 months ago before he was given a lengthy break and ran sixth when resuming over a mile at Bendigo earlier this month.

“He’s been a big, immature horse who we bought at the breeze-ups in New Zealand and has needed time. He’s fully mature now and can go a lot further,” McEvoy said.

Bavicia was originally purchased out of Curraghmore’s New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale draft for $260,000 and realised $330,000 when reoffered by Phoenix Park at the Ready to Run Sale.

He is a son of the Guillotine mare Tricoteuse, who has unraced juvenile colt by Almanzor, from the family of the G1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes winer Arlingtonboulevard.