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McEvoy's dwindling Millions team

Two cancelled planes and some incomplete performances at the Tuesday trials have further impacted leading trainer Tony McEvoy's Magic Millions plans.

McEvoy, who won the $2 million Magic Millions Classic two years ago with Sunlight, said a planned Queensland assault this weekend has been scuttled at the airport while two other juvenile hopefuls did not quite get the trainer's blood racing at the Tatura trials.

"We are not going to get there (Brisbane) sadly," McEvoy said from Tatura.

"I've had two planes cancelled on me so we haven't been able to get them up there this week.

"Of course, we had an option of going up by road but I just didn't want them standing in a float for three days breathing in smoke all up that east coast so we've decided that they will run down here (Flemington) now.

"There's a late chance of getting a flight and we would go but at this stage they will be staying here and we'll go up after."

McEvoy had colt Zeppa down to the run in the $125,000 Phelan Ready Stakes and Who Runs The World entered to contest the Calaway Gal Stakes at the Doomben meeting on Friday, where wins would have guaranteed runs in the rich Magic Millions races on the Gold Coast in January.

But McEvoy said he still had a chance of playing a part in the $2m Magic Millions Classic on January 11.

"I've got two two-year-olds that are looking most likely to go," he said. "A colt and a filly. I've got a couple of three-year-olds such as Grand Scholar, who just needs a bit more money to go for the three-year-old race, and I am taking up a mare called Despacito as well."

McEvoy all but cancelled Magic Millions trips for unraced Zoustar filly Lopez and unraced Fastnet Rock colt King And King after they trialled at Tatura on Tuesday.

He said of Lopez, who won the trial: "Luke (Currie) said she is still not quite there. He said she floated a lot of the trial and with it (Magic Millions Classic) only being a month away, I think they have to be doing a little better than her at the moment.

"She's ready to go to the races and I'll look to take her to the races and let her decide from that but at this stage, she probably won't make it to the Magics."

As for King And King, who finished third in the same trial, McEvoy said: "A nice horse. I like this fellow. For a Fastnet, he's quite athletic. Again, he's still learning his craft.

"Young Fred Kersley said he didn't know where to put his feet out there so they have to be more professional than that at this time to go to that race in a month's time so he'll probably miss as well but they are both nice two-year-olds going forward."
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