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Australian Racing: Son of Merchant Navy to make debut

Touch Of Navy will be aiming to get his career off to a flying start when he makes his debut in the $50,000 Ladbroke It Handicap for two-year-olds at Sandown on Wednesday.

The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained colt is a son of Merchant Navy and is currently the 3/1 market leader for the 1300-metre contest.

Kent Jr happy with Touch Of Navy prep

"He's owned by one of my best mates (Dickson), who actually had a share in Merchant Navy, so he's put all his friends in this colt and it'd be nice to see him run well," Kent Jnr said.

"I'm not entirely sure how the other debutants in the race go yet, but I think he'll run really well. He's a nice colt with a big stride and he's feeling great."

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Zahra earns Touch Of Navy ride

The two-year-old has already taken in two 850-metre jump-outs at Cranbourne, the first time securing a second placing after sitting just off the speed before an eye-catching fourth last time.

"He's going to be a really nice three-year-old spring type over a bit more ground, but he gave Mark a nice feel the other day in the jumpout," Kent Jnr said.

"He lengthened stride beautifully and he's just gone the right way since. I had a ride on him myself the other day and just thought he had a real spark to him.

"I think things will work out for him the barrier draw, we'll just give him a bit of room and I think he'll run really well."

Touch Of Navy will jump from barrier six in the field of seven with Mark Zahra booked to ride.

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