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27/07/02 McEvoy Wins Northern Territory Derby
r5tonymcevoy.jpg (7571 bytes)Tony McEvoy’s great recent run continued in two states today when he won the listed Vanellus Stakes in Adelaide with Court of Jewels and the Northern Territory Derby with Young Challenger.

Young Challenger, a colt by the Lindsay Park based siring star Jeune, proved a length to strong for his rivals in today’s $71,000 MGM Grand Darwin NT Derby at Fannie Bay.

The win came after a disappointing run, a start which people at the track said should have been immediately over looked.

"By all reports his last result was basically put down to a poor ride," winning trainer Tony McEvoy reported tonight. "Locals from Darwin said he (Young Challenger) was given no chance in his last run."

His last start unplaced effort in the Darwin Guineas had followed up an impressive maiden win at Werribee in Victoria.

Part owned by the Linday Park Stud Syndicate, managed by bloodstock expert Mark Pilkington, Young Challenger proved too classy for the Darwin Guineas winner Grey Desert (N Paine), while My Tally (D Bates) was third.

Silver Bliss was the best of the unplaced brigade in fourth place. The Tasmanian Derby winning favourite Moonah Brooke was also among the beaten gallopers.

McEvoy said the chestnut colt would remain in Darwin in a tilt at the feature race Northern Territory double.

"He’ll run in the Darwin Cup on Monday week," McEvoy added.

PIC - Quentin Lang.

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