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Kerry Parker-trained gelding Nextanix laid the platform for a big spring when runner-up at Rosehill on Saturday and will be targeted at the Group 1 2012 Metropolitan (2400m) in October.
The five-year-old produced a strong run first-up to finish second in the Spring Preview Handicap (1400m) behind Kontiki Park and ahead of the highly-rated Said Com.
While the exact spring plan for Nextanix is yet to be decided, Parker has confirmed it is likely he will next line up in the Premier’s Cup (1800m) on Saturday week.
The Kembla Grange-based trainer said he always expected Nextanix to run well fresh but was impressed with the result against quality company.
“I was pretty confident he would run well as he has when first-up in the past, although in saying that they were maiden and restricted races,” Parker said.
Despite having won just two times from 22 starts, Nextanix has been a consistent runner and placed on nine occasions.
The son of Domesday finished runner-up in the Group 3 Summer Cup in December and had a reasonable autumn where he finished third in the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality and fourth in the Group 1 Sydney Cup.
Parker is expecting the five-year-old to have his best ever preparation this time out, having improved physically over the winter.
“He has taken plenty of time to really mature into himself and each preparation now he is going out and coming back a lot stronger through the body and I think that is helping him,” Parker said.
While Parker has not decided yet whether Nextanix will head to Melbourne following the Metropolitan in October he is nominated for both the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup.
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