Australian Guineas for San Nicasio Following 2015 Autumn Stakes Win

Three-year-old gelding San Nicasio won the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, and will now be aimed towards the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 7.

San Nicasio will possibly run in the Australian Guineas following his win in the Autumn Stakes.

San Nicasio will possibly run in the Australian Guineas following his win in the Autumn Stakes. Photo by Adrienne Bicknell.

David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s Hong Kong Captain jumped very well from barrier one and was getting a good run in fourth on the inside.

Through the first couple of hundred metres, San Nicasio took up the running while Zebulon worked up to sit outside the leader.

Race favourite Profit Share ($3.90) was third last for the majority of the race, in a rather average run.

San Nicasio ($10) led one length and a half down the straight ahead of Zebulon ($14) with Hong Kong Captain on their heels. However Firehouse Rock ($18) worked his way up the field at the right time to slip into third.

Trainer Peter Moody was pleased with the result from San Nicasio who was last seen finishing fourth in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) at Sandown.

“He’s a horse with nice ability that’s still learning his trade,” he said.

“We would have been happy to take a sit but it didn’t present that way. He jumped to the front and it was 10/10.

“He’s always showing his good ability, he’s got a lot a lot of nice races coming up but there is a question mark about whether he’ll be mature enough as a three-year-old.

“He’s in the Guineas but he’s got to show me he has the ability to run a mile.”

Ben Melham took his time working across with the winning gelding, not rushing him all. For the first half of the race it was run at a moderate tempo before picking up the speed to lead. It was a clever run from the hoop that undeniably won the race.

“I was too scared to take a sit on him today, but I just let him roll out of the barrier and he came back under me nice,” the hoop said.

“Relaxed really well for me up front and good sectionals and really hit home well.

“If things go his way he’ll run a mile no worries.”

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2015 Autumn Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 12 SAN NICASIO Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Peter G Moody Ben Melham 7 56kg $9
2 10 ZEBULON (NZ) Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Stephen Baster 0.75L 12 56kg $13
3 6 FIREHOUSE ROCK Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 2.75L 3 56kg $18
4 1 MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price Brad Rawiller 2.85L 8 58kg $41
5 2 HONG KONG CAPTAIN Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Glen Boss 3.25L 1 57.5kg $7.50
6 5 PROFIT SHARE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 3.45L 9 56kg $3.80F
7 9 AFFIRMATION Tony McEvoy Mark Zahra 3.65L 14 56kg $5
8 3 MAGICOOL Mark Kavanagh Craig Williams 3.85L 4 57kg $17
9 11 CONVINCIBLE Dean Howard Damian Lane 3.95L 11 56kg $41
10 7 BASCULE (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 4.05L 10 56kg $13
11 14 BELFLYER Super Vobis Bonus Scheme John Moloney Dwayne Dunn 4.55L 5 56kg $61
12 15 THE ULTIMATUM Michael Hibbs Ibrahim Gundogdu 6.05L 2 56kg $151
13 8 SARAJEVO John O’Shea Chad Schofield 7.05L 13 56kg $7
14 13 CHILL PARTY Tom Hughes Steven Arnold 8.55L 6 56kg $51
4 BONDEIGER Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Danny O’Brien James Winks 0


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