McEvoy serves up Naan for au­tumn

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - GLENN MCFAR­LANE

TONY McEvoy is con­fi­dent his im­pres­sive colt Run Naan can mea­sure up to the rich­est two-year-old races in the au­tumn, after pro­duc­ing a dev­as­tat­ing burst to win the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

The vic­tory added to an al­ready im­pres­sive car­ni­val for McEvoy, but he is now ex­pec­tantly look­ing to next year’s Blue Di­a­mond and Golden Slip­per after pro­vid­ing the first and third placeget­ters in the 1000m scam­per.

“He is a re­ally good colt, I couldn’t have been more im­pressed with him,” McEvoy said of Run Naan.

“I will pop him aside now and come back for the au­tumn and have a look at him.

“This is a pretty big stage, but the au­tumn is the big­gest stage for these ba­bies.”

Run Naan ($13) is one of 12 horses McEvoy has in the sta­bles for Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Khal­ifa Al Mak­toum and it is a re­la­tion­ship the trainer is keen to ex­pand upon.

“I am so ex­cited to have these colours (in the sta­ble), it is bril­liant for my brand and they have bred some beau­ti­ful horses,” he said

Run Naan started slowly, but fin­ished over the top of En­cryp­tion ($5.50) and McEvoy’s other run­ner Belzella ($9.50).

Jockey An­drew Mal­lyon made the most of his only ride of the Flem­ing­ton car­ni­val, mak­ing good on a prom­ise to his grand­fa­ther Mick, a for­mer cham­pion jockey, that he would win it for him.

ONE RIDE: An­drew Mal­lyon.

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