Yeomans hoping for APG upset

29 April 2021 18:42:49 GMTPlus10

Trainer John Yeomans is hoping Its Ebonynivory or Its Beaujolais can roll back the years for him by achieving Australian Pacing Gold success on Saturday night.

Yeomans has to go way back to 1994 when Etoile won the APG two-year-old final for him, and he is hoping the Group 1 will be heading his way once again.

Its Ebonynivory and Its Beaujolais will contest the four-year-old division and they both caught the eye following impressive performances in the heats.

The duo ran in the quinella at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday and will now come up against a strong field in the final this Saturday night.

It is a tough ask for them to take the top prize while they have not been helped by the draw either.

Its Ebonynivory has landed nine, while Its Beaujolais will jump from seven and Yeomans knows a lot will have to go his way to match the success of 1994.

However he can take heart from the fact Etoile also drew badly for the final and still managed to come out on top.

"I think Beaujolais is probably the better of the two, not that there is much between either one of them," Yeomans told Trots Talk.

"It's a pity that we have drawn where we have - two of the worst draws - but we won this race 27 years ago with a horse called Etoile.

"She drew barrier nine, she was one of the longest priced horses in the race, Trevor Dove drove her and she got up and won for us."

Pelosi, who won the New South Wales heat last week, looks to be the one to beat once again, with Yeomans keeping his fingers crossed for an upset.

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