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Rock The Ring, Savatoxl secure memorable McEvoy double

Tony and Calvin McEvoy will raise the bar with Rock The Ring after he made it successive wins at Morphettville on Saturday.

It was another impress display by the son of Reward For Effort who has thrived since joining the McEvoy team from Lindsay Park earlier in the year.

He was the second leg of a two-state double for the stable with Group 1 Goodwood winner Savatoxl producing a brilliant return to win the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield.

Despite chasing a hot speed, Savatoxl stamped himself as a sprinting force in the spring and will now head to the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley, a race very close to the stable having won it twice with Hey Doc.

“Gee, we’re excited to have him back as well as that,’’ Tony McEvoy said.

“I thought he may have just needed it (the run) but he showed just how tough he is,’’ he said.

Fellow South Australian Second Slip was brave behind I’m Thunderstruck in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap while Hasta La War halved his Melbourne Cup price running third behind Caulfield Cup second favourite Delphi in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes.

Back at Morphettville the Anthony and Sam Freedman stable claimed a second successive Listed Hill Smith Stakes with Cerberus and left Adelaide with a double after The Billionaire won earlier.

Talented filly Philonize was again impressive leading throughout for her second straight win for Strathalbyn horseman Dion Koch, while Jason Cannon trained his first winner in eight years when Outpost claimed the last race.

Kayla Crowther, Dom Tourneur and Justin Potter all shared riding honours with doubles at Penola on Sunday.

Tourneur won the eight heat of the Viddora Series with Scenic Host and the Kalangadoo Cup (and opening heat of the Happy Trails Series) with Black Syrah, Potter the fourth heat of the Riziz Series, while Jeff Maund and All Hard Wood won the fourth heat of the Skybeau Series.

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