South Australian trainer Tony McEvoy has shelved plans to take promising colt Jimando to Sydney despite the two-year-old's pleasing effort in last Saturday's Group I Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Jimando created a big impression with his win in the Listed Debutants Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield in the spring before suffering a first-up defeat in the Listed Chairman's Stakes (1100m) on February 4.
Jimando's Blue Diamond Stakes chances were dealt a serious blow when the youngster drew the outside barrier in the $1 million feature but the son of Commands was the first colt home when fourth to Samaready.
"We thought he was the best colt in the race and that was exactly how it panned out," McEvoy said.
"He had a terrible barrier and a wide run but he did a terrific job to finish fourth."
McEvoy said Jimando would not proceed to the Group I Golden Slipper in April but would race in Melbourne juvenile features during the Victorian autumn.
"He showed on Saturday that he is the perfect (Group II) VRC Sires' Produce (1400m) horse," McEvoy said. "He's looking for the 1400 metres now and that race should be perfect for him."
McEvoy said Jimando's two-year-old deeds gave him cause for enormous optimism leading into next season with the stable having its eye on the Group I Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in the spring.
"He will be a terrific three-year-old," McEvoy said. "Even though he is by Commands, there is plenty of stamina in his female pedigree, which should indicate terrific improvement.
"What he has done as a two-year-old has been terrific but we expect the sky will be the limit for him at three."
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