Mer­chant finds his trea­sure

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CIARON Ma­her is con­fi­dent Mer­chant Navy is on tar­get for the $ 1 mil­lion Golden Rose at Rose­hill on Satur­day.

Bid­ding to ex­tend his un­beaten run to five, the colt will be rid­den by Mark Zahra.

TAB $ 9 third favourite be­hind Me­nari ($ 2.10) and Pariah ($ 6), Mer­chant Navy faces the tough­est chal­lenge of his ca­reer. But Ma­her said re­verse gal­lops at Caulfield and a trip to Syd­ney last year had con­trib­uted to a fault­less prepa­ra­tion.

“He’s been smooth,” the trainer said. “He’s a colt. They don’t need time in the pad­dock be­fore their grand fi­nal ... so far so good.”

Ma­her hopes Mer­chant Navy’s fa­mil­iari­sa­tion work at Caulfield will pay off.

“They do re­verse gal­lops quite a bit at Caulfield. It’s to man­age the tracks and I don’t mind it ei­ther,” he said.

“He went up as a two- yearold to Rand­wick when he was go­ing to run in the Sires but was an emer­gency.

“He had a cou­ple of gal­lops up there and I think the trip brought him on. As a twoyear- old he was a bit of a baby and it made him grow up.

“He gal­loped the re­verse way on Tues­day.’’

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