When Tony McEvoy first laid eyes on Lot 624 in Session II of the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, all he could see was Zabeel.
So when he was the underbidder to Singaporean Thomas Loke on the Americain x Reveal The Goddess colt
, McEvoy thought his dreams of getting his hands on the youngster were dashed.
But within minutes, things changed.
“I approached the buyer through his representative and congratulated him, told him I thought the horse looked exactly like Zabeel, he’s obviously out of a Zabeel mare and I was at Lindsay Park when Zabeel came through as a yearling and this horse just kept giving me flashbacks of him,’’ McEvoy said.
“As it turns out, the owner wanted to keep the horse in Australia and didn’t have a trainer, so after a short discussion they offered me the horse to train, which I’m so excited by.
“You won’t see him run at two. I’ll take him home, give him time and develop him into a Melbourne Cup winner.’’