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No Champagne for McEvoy

After peppering the Group 1 scoreboard with his juveniles this autumn, Tony McEvoy has finally run out of ammunition for Saturday's $500,000 Group 1 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

While the trainer won the $2million Magic Millions Classic with Sunlight in January, McEvoy-trained youngsters have been edged out of the winner's stall in all three Group 1 two-year-old races so far this season and he said on Monday that his impressive stocks were finally thinning.

McEvoy said on Monday that his luckless star Oohood, who boasts placings in all three Group 1s so far this season, was a little flat after her agonisingly close second in the Sires' Produce Stakes at Randwick and has been sent for a spell while last Saturday's Fernhill Stakes placegetter Aristocratic Miss will also bypass the race.

"Oohood, she just didn't bounce out of the Sires' as I wanted her so I've pulled the pin on her (campaign) and Aristocratic Miss, while she ran very well on Saturday, she didn't run the mile out so we won't have a runner this Saturday unfortunately," he said.

But the trainer, who boasts 16 wins this season from his bunch of two-year-olds, who won or placed in 22 stakes races, said that he believes he is set to continue his prominence in the elite juvenile events next season after being an active yearling buyer at the Magic Millions sale in January.

"I've re-stocked the shelves really well," he said. "We've bought some outstanding horses this year.

"I went hard at the Magic Millions because I had the feeling - my gut was right too - that the sales were going to get dearer and I opened my shoulders a lot at the Gold Coast.

"If you look at the horses that I bought there now and you look at the market from Sydney, they were very cheap shopping.

"Very good quality and half the price they cost in Sydney and you get an extra shot with them (at the Magic Millions race day).

"So I feel we are in really good shape for the next couple of years with our stock as well."

McEvoy will get another chance at feature race success with his current bunch of youngsters as he has high hopes for his team as three-year-olds next season.

Oohood, who is winless but has won almost $1million in stakes, will be targeted at the Thousand Guineas in the spring and McEvoy said he felt she should already have had a Group 1 win next to her name.

"I think if you look at all those races, she was super unlucky in the (Blue) Diamond and she was very unlucky in the Sires' and just missed in the Slipper.

"She is an exciting prospect for next season as is Sunlight, who will step up again. She will come back a really good sprinter.

"The majority of the team will get better at three such as Run Naan, who won before his time really and then there are horses like Lake District Girl, who are sure to train on."

Sunlight and Luke Currie winning at Rosehill, picture Stevehart.com.au

Tony McEvoy's two-year-old winners this season

Crockett - Morphettville

Run Naan - Bendigo

Run Naan - Flemington (G3 Maribyrnong Plate)

Sunlight - Gold Coast

Sunlight - Gold Coast

Sunlight - Gold Coast (Magic Millions)

Al Naifa - Sale

Sanctimonious - Moonee Valley

Kinky Boom - Caulfield (Inglis 2YO)

Black Champagne - Murray Bridge

Double Denman - Morphettville

Sunlight - Rosehill (G2 Silver Slipper)

Farooq - Balaklava

Sunlight - Rosehill (G3 Magic Night)

Tenderly - Oakbank

Secret Blaze - Sandown

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