"After winning the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in spring last year, Merchant Navy will be eyeing off the G1 Newmarket Handicap title to his name."
Arguably one of the most anticipated horses set to grace this Festival of Racing, powerful colt Merchant Navy is out to further enhance his impending stallion career with a feature Group 1 win.
The son of Fastnet Rock was victorious in last spring's stallion-making G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and subsequently was purchased by Coolmore for a whopping figure reported to be within the range of $25-$30 million.
Trained by Caulfield-based Aaron Purcell, Merchant Navy is being set to win the Newmarket Handicap, down the Flemington straight.
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