Trainer Tony McEvoy will chase more two year old glory with his undefeated colt Run Naan in Saturday’s Listed $150,000 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for the colts and geldings at Caulfield on Saturday.
McEvoy was the toast of the Gold Coast last Saturday week when his brilliant filly Sunlight raced away for a two lengths victory the $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m).
Run Naan is being aimed towards the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 24.
The Makfi colt is undefeated from two race starts and after claiming his maiden win over 1000m at Bendigo on October 21 went on to win the Group 3 $150,000 AAMI Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on the last day of the 2017 four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
McEvoy sent Run Naan to the paddock following his win down the Flemington straight and the colt is now ready to kick off his 2018 Autumn Carnival campaign.
“He’s been home and had a break. He’s had a little freshen-up and he’s built back up,” McEvoy told the Herald Sun.
“He had a trial the other day at Werribee, where he cruised around. He’s ready to go.”
Run Naan is one of fourteen two year old colts and geldings nominated for the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview and will be coming up against the undefeated pair of Long Leaf and Ollivander.
The Lindsay Park trained Long Leaf is also the winner of his two race starts. scoring a nose win on debut over 1000m at Morphettville at the end of October and then scored by the same margin in the Listed $120,000 Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Ladbrokes Park Hillside at Sandown on November 18.
The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra trained Ollivander has only been to the races on one occasion for a one length win in a 1000m two year old plate at Caulfield on December 16.
Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths has nominated five juvenile first starters for the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview, Halvorsen, Igniter, John Booke, Magnossiva and Robe De Fete.