Matthew NeilsonSOUTH Australia’s top trainer and jockey will make an assault on next week’s $100,000 Devonport Cup.
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Tony McEvoy and Matthew Neilson, who lead the trainer and jockey premiership in Adelaide, will combine with in-form stayer Uchimura next Wednesday.

Although he has previously won the Hobart Cup with Jeune’s Mark, it will be McEvoy’s first runner in the Devonport Cup.

“I was attracted by the good prizemoney and the distance of the race, it is ideal for my horse,” he said.

Weights for the Devonport Cup will be announced today and final acceptances taken on Friday.

Uchimura is one of five interstate horses entered for the Devonport Cup, although David Hayes yesterday ruled out a start for five-year-old Token Of Honour.

For many years McEvoy has been associated with the Lindsay Park establishment in South Australia.

He worked as a foreman, firstly for Colin Hayes and then David Hayes, and took over the operation in 2001 after David moved to Hong Kong to train.

When Hayes returned to Lindsay Park in 2005, McEvoy resumed his role as foreman until Hayes decided to set up a training establishment at Euroa.

McEvoy has trained in his own right at Lindsay Park for the past 12 months and has made regular raids to Sydney and Melbourne.

Uchimura has won two of his past three starts at Morphettville, although his last run was on November 26.

“It will be an advantage to him as he likes to be fresh,” he said.

McEvoy expects Uchimura to handle Spreyton’s synthetic Tapeta track.

“I have a viscoride track on which my horses train regularly and there should not be too much difference,” he said.

“He’s an on-pace galloper which should also suit Spreyton.”

Unfortunately, McEvoy can’t attend the Devonport Cup next week as he will be on the Gold Coast for the first day of the Magic Millions yearling sales.

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