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Ambitious plans

Trainer Tony McEvoy has ambitious plans for Lady Young, an impressive winner at Balaklava on Sunday, February 24.

“It might have been a Sunday maiden at Balaklava but I’m hoping she can step up to black type company this preparation,” McEvoy said.

“I think there are some nice races in Adelaide coming up over the next few months.

“I realise it might be pushing a bit hard, but I believe she can measure up.

Lady Young, a three-year-old filly by Fastnet Rock was trapped wide as the $2.15 favourite, but still proved too strong scoring a three-quarter length win in the Coopers Maiden (1400m) from deadheaters Abbi Fede ($3.10) and Éclair Flame ($14).

“Right from the time Coolmore asked me to train her and when I saw her step off the float, I have liked her,” McEvoy said.

“She has taken a long time to get to the racetrack as she has been a slow learner.

“I thank the owners for giving me the time and I believe the filly can repay their patience.”

McEvoy praised winning jockey Jason Holder for his ride.

“The filly stepped slowly and Jason was caught wide on settling down.

“He didn’t panic but accepted the reality and kept her in a good rhythm.

“Jason waited until the filly was properly balanced in the home straight before asking her to extend and she ran through the line powerfully late.”

McEvoy said he would see how the filly came through the win before deciding her next start.