Fire bursts to easy win
Lightly raced mare Toyz On Fire resumed from a break with a sparkling win on the Ballarat Synthetic on Monday, August 16.
Settling third early for jockey Josh Richards, Toyz On Fire exploded in the home straight to win the Hygain Winners Choice Benchmark 58 Handicap (1200m) by seven lengths.
A well backed $2.60 favourite, the four-year-old mare beat Rye Dee Oh ($16) with Lovano ($5) a neck away third.
The victory made it a treble on the day for the McEvoys following earlier victories by Red Hawk and Star of Chaos.
Trainer Tony McEvoy said he was enjoying the day.
“She has been a nice filly,” McEvoy said.
“I ran her in the Gibson Carmichael, and I think she only got beat four lengths behind Cherry Tortoni, so she has got something in the tank.
“She is not an overly big filly, so I think the time off and she has come back really well, that was super impressive.
“I think she is a 1200 to 1400 metres mare on today’s run.
“I know we stretched to the mile back then, but I think with the speed she showed, she sat up on the pace, I think we will keep her to that zone till she changes our mind.”
McEvoy praised Josh Richards for his ride.
“He has ridden well for me.
“There are a few nice young apprentices here, Maddie Lloyd, Celine Gaudray and Josh and when they can ride like they do and get in with a claim it is like getting a length head start out of the gates.”
Winning jockey Josh Richards was impressed by Toyz on Fire.
“It was pretty simple,” Richards said.
“The stable is flying – all their horses are going very well first up and it showed today.
“She felt lovely, got a lovely trail in, got the split and let down really nicely.”