Passage to victory
Promising staying filly Night Passage, trained by Tony & Calvin McEvoy, broke through for her initial win at Kyneton on Friday, March 13.
Heavily backed from $2.05 into $1.65 favourite, Night Passage scored a half neck win in the Bright Lites Catering Maiden (1469m) beating Great Ambition ($6) with Crackerjack Lady ($21), 2-3/4 lengths away third.
With blinkers on, jockey Jamie Kah had a plan to go forward from a wide draw and had the filly across to sit second in the field of 10.
Once up outside the leader, Night Passage travelled well but was left in front turning for home and Kah was able to establish a winning break.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt was second up at Kyneton from a break and will derive improvement from the win.
Stable spokesperson Sarah Rutten said Night Passage was a filly with potential.
“She looked to me as if she got to the front and switched off,” Rutten said.
“It was great to have her win and hopefully it gave her a bit of confidence.
“The blinkers made her more positive early.
“Even though she looked to switch off a bit late, I’m sure if another horse was up with her the blinkers would have switched her on again.
“Tony has always thought she would get a bit further than the 1400 metres of today.
“On the run today, she showed she has the stride to say she will, and we will wait for Tony & Calvin to map a plan going forward.”
Winning jockey Jamie Kah also believes Night Passage will be suited over more ground.
“Tony said last state he thought she would get back but still be too good,” Kah said.
“She is such a dumb horse at the moment, so he put the blinkers on, and I know how much ability he thinks she has.
“Today I thought if she put it all together, she would win.
“It can be a horrible start today, so I gave her a dig out of the gates.
“Once she crossed, she come back to me and settled.
“We just needed a leader to take us a bit further into the straight.
“Hopefully she puts it together now after the win.
“I think she be better in better races where there is more tempo, and definitely over further.”