Al Naifa dominant

Trainer Tony McEvoy has bigger goals for Al Naifa, a comfortable winner at Sale on Sunday, January 21.

A red-hot favourite, Al Naifa, ridden by Andrew Mallyon, cruised to a 1-3/4 length win in the Laurels Function Centre Two-Year-Old Fillies Maiden (1100m). Gheeda ($20) was second with Dramadale ($21) a long neck away third.

The daughter of Redoute’s Choice, was purchased for $1.8 million at the 2017 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, and was heavily backed starting at $1.30 after $1.65 was bet earlier on race morning.
“It was an easy watch,” McEvoy said.

“I think she is a stakes-class filly but today was about giving her the knowledge to learn how to win.

“At Moonee Valley at her first start, she loomed to win but didn’t quite work it out and waited for the other runners.”

McEvoy said the filly had learned today that it was okay to race away from her rivals.

He has big plans for Al Naifa.

“I will look at a Blue Diamond Preview in Melbourne, or perhaps the Widden Stakes in Sydney.

“If she shows she is looking for 1400 metres I could go for the Sires Produce Stakes in Melbourne.

Jockey Andrew Mallyon said the filly was destined for a bright future and derived plenty of benefit from her narrow defeat on debut at Moonee Valley in December.

“She took a lot out of that run at Moonee Valley and she was a real professional here today,” Mallyon said.
“She jumped well, she travelled really nicely behind the leader who was a bit of a bunny and even though in her work she’s waited for them a little bit, today she really put them away.

“I still had a kick in the locker so she probably wouldn’t have taken any harm from the run and looks set for bigger and better things.

“I think she’ll derive even further benefit from today.”


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