Debut Winner for Merchant Navy

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday July 5

The Ballarat meeting on the synthetic track on Tuesday produced a promising debut winner for Merchant Navy when Navy Black saluted as a hot favourite.

Navy Black wins on debut at Ballarat - image George Salpigtidis / Racing Photos

Trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy, Navy Black was the popular pick with punters for the 1200m maiden and showed plenty of tenacity to score a narrow win.

Left in front a long way from home, she kept fighting right to the line for Dean Holland to win by half a head in a driving finish.




uo;That was a good result for a two year-old filly with untapped talent taking on older more experienced opposition over 1200m,” said Calvin McEvoy.

“She was exposed at the top of the straight and had to tough it out.

“She’s a nice filly for the future and will only continue to improve.”

An $85,000 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale purchase from the B2B Thoroughbreds draft for McEvoy Mitchell Racing/Belmont Bloodstock, Navy Black was bred by B2B and is the second winner from Black Prada.

An unraced half-sister by Domesday to four time Group I winner Appearance and stakes-winner Mascareri, Black Prada has a weanling colt by Snitzel and was covered again by him last spring.

Navy Black is the sixth winner for Fastnet Rock’s champion 3YO sprinter Merchant Navy, who stands at Coolmore this spring at a fee of $27,500.

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Race Result - Polytrack Mdn Plate 1200m

Ballarat Synthetic Track: Synthetic Time: 1:13.81
Navy Black
T: T & C McEvoy J: Dean Holland 55
2f Merchant Navy (AUS) x Black Prada (AUS) (Domesday (AUS))
Northwood Poppet
T: Reece Goodwin J: D Moor 57.5
3f Written Tycoon (AUS) x Poppet's Treasure (GB) (Dansili (GB))
T: Andrew Bobbin J: B Mc Dougall 57.5
3f Deep Field (AUS) x Complete Rort (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: Ms S Carmichael J: Sheridan Clarke 57.5
4g Time For War (AUS) x Certainly Rosa (AUS) (Undoubtedly (AUS))
Vitesse Royale
T: Robert Hickmott J: Mikaela Lawrence 55.5
4m Toronado (IRE) x Lickety Lemon (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid (USA))
Poppa's Courage
T: Ms E Haworth J: R Beattie 59.5
3g Kuroshio (AUS) x Labbra Zucchero (AUS) (Bianconi (USA))
Alpha Male
T: J E & C Ledger J: Jarrod Fry 59.5
4g Magnus (AUS) x Backlashed (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
T: Aaron Peterson J: C Atkinson 59.5
5g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x She's All Greek (AUS) (Spartacus (AUS))
Elusive Rubi
T: J E & C Ledger J: Hannah Le Blanc 54.5
3f Rubick (AUS) x Elusive Filly (AUS) (Wanted (AUS))
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