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23/02/02 Newmarket Next for North Boy
0223northboy.jpg (10233 bytes)Top class three-year-old North Boy is likely to front up against the best sprinters in the country next start after returning to the winner's stall in the Manfred Super Vobis Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield today.

The three quarter length win was full of merit as the gelding wanted to lay out for much of the home straight never seeming to be comfortable on the track.

"He's never done anything like it before," winning trainer Tony McEvoy said about the laying out by his classy performer.

0223northboy2.jpg (8397 bytes)"Mark (Zahra) said he felt as though he got the tongue over the bit and he came back with a displaced palate so it looks as though that is what might have happened."

"So really the win was full of merit," McEvoy added.

It was North Boy's first win in six starts and his first at his third attempt at the track.

McEvoy said after the win that the son of Rory's Jester would "probably" head to the Newmarket Handicap.

"The race looks as though it will suit him. He should get a pretty light weight and he loves the straight track at Flemington," McEvoy said.

0223markzahra.jpg (8483 bytes)The stable wasn't too disappointed with his first up effort when he finished a 3.3 length eighth in his first up run in the Lightning Stakes.

"I wasn't too disappointed with his run in the Lightning. The others were just a bit too sharp for him on the day," McEvoy added.

In the run to the line Zahra was able to get North Boy ($1.70-$2.25 fav) home by three parts of a length over the promising Colin Alderson trained galloper Walk On Air ($4.2-$7). Bust Up ($21-$26) was a further neck away in third place.

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