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Exciting Colt Seeking to Remain Unbeaten
Boom Victorian colt Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock-Legally Bay, by Snippets) will be out to preserve his perfect record when he resumes in the Gr3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The Ciaron Maher-trained 3YO extended his unbeaten record to three when closing out his juvenile season with a maiden stakes win in the Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in April. Maher, who describes Merchant Navy as a "Caulfield Guineas type", said he had returned a physically stronger horse after his break. "Hopefully he can win that first-up," Maher told racenet. "He's prepped up well and he's developed since his two-year-old year and he's got a great record. And the race is in his backyard." Maher added: "He's got a great set of lungs so I wouldn't mind a bit of give in the track and if there was showers around for the rest of the week, then it would be fine."