The “Loy-on”, the switch and the winner – Narnia off the mark.

The “Loy-on”, the switch and the winner – Narnia off the mark.

A switch in distance worked the oracle for Not A Single Doubt colt Narnia as he broke his maiden’s tag at Doomben on Wednesday (September 21).

The Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Fung Family Investments-owned three-year-old raced beyond 1200m for the first time, a move that paid off as he produced a strong late gallop to get his head in front on his fourth start. Jockey Brodie Loy earned praise from the Annabel Neasham camp for a “perfect ride” after making the most of an inside draw.

Breaking well, Narnia and Loy held their position on the rail and settled in 4th place in the early stages of the 1350m contest. The colt travelled strongly and perhaps wanted to go a little quicker than the pace being set but was still moving well as the field reached the top of the turn. Loy began to wind up his challenge at entering the straight and was soon alongside the long-time leaders. From there, it was just a matter of time before he bested his rivals and he did so by just over a neck.

“We missed out on running him last week but he’s had a few good hit outs,” said Annabel Neasham’s representative Todd Pollard. “Brodie gave him the perfect ride today; he put him in the perfect spot. He used the good draw and delivered.”