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12/3/2018 Purton booked for Oohood in Slipper

Andrew Eddy

Tony McEvoy is banking on some Zac Purton magic to turn around the fortunes of maiden filly Oohood in the $3.5million Longines Golden Slipper Stakes later this month.

Oohood goes to Randwick on Tuesday morning for her first official clockwise trial before the March 24 feature, where she will be partnered by the Hong Kong-based Purton for the first time.

Oohood has been luckless in all four runs to date while Purton is enjoying a memorable season in Hong Kong where he is pushing the champion Joao Moreira for the jockeys' title.

Moreira won last year's title 170 to Purton's 107 wins, but this season, the gap has closed with Moreira's 82 winners seeing him just 12 clear.

McEvoy said he and Purton had teamed up well in past seasons and was hopeful he could turn around the fortunes of the I Am Invincible filly.

"Zac has ridden successfully for me in the past and he jumped at the chance," McEvoy said on Sunday.

"Oohood is probably as good a maiden as there is in the country.

"I thought she was super again in the Blue Diamond. Things will go right for her one day and she'll win one of these."

McEvoy confirmed that his Golden Slipper favourite Sunlight will line-up in Saturday's Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill and then back-up seven days later into the Slipper.

"We've chosen to do it (back-up) although I don't need to do it," he said. "We're doing it because I think it suits this filly.

"Everything's gone really smoothly and well with her. She had a nice little gallop for me yesterday (Saturday) morning at Warwick Farm and I was really happy with that. Luke (Currie) came up and rode her for me and she seems to be on target."

McEvoy said he expected Saturday's racing in Sydney will take a toll as far as the Slipper in concerned.

"Those horses that all ran yesterday - they all ran on a very fast track. They were breaking track records there at Randwick.

"Fortunately there's rain around in Sydney this week and we're likely to get a beautiful track on Saturday."

McEvoy said he saw no reason why Sunlight - a winner of four of her five starts including the Magic Millions Classic - could not go on and win the Slipper.

"How do you line them up? I don't really know but she took on Estijaab and was able to beat her six weeks between runs so that gave me some confidence that we've got a good filly that's going to be right in the mix."

McEvoy has claims for a Group 1 this Saturday also as he reported his filly Bring Me Roses would contest the $600,000 Coolmore Classic.

"She's arrived up there very well and settled in nicely," McEvoy said. "She gets in really well at the weights for a filly so we've got Dean Yendall to ride her."

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