An impressive debut win at Cranbourne on Sunday has Caulfield trainer John Salanitri talking about a Thousand Guineas 2015 nomination for his up-and-coming filly Niccorama this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The two-year-old daughter of Nicconi went around under race conditions for the first time in the $17,500 2YO Maiden Plate (1200m) run on a Heavy (8) track and held on in a tight finish to beat home Well Sprung by a short-head in 1:15.22, a time just quicker than the first division of the race won by Chase The Horizon (1:15.22).
The first two past the post had nearly five lengths to spare over third placed Moss Go Now, Niccorama and her hoop Dean Holland saluting after a sweeping run.
Holland was full of pre-race praise and hinted at a big future for the rising three-year-old.
“She got in behind them and didn’t really know how to travel,” he told the media after the victory.
“I had to get going earlier than I wanted to but she toughed it out well. She’s got a bright future.”
The winning filly wore down the Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor-trained runner-up, bringing to her maiden run the same promising for she’d shown Salanitri in recent jumpouts.
“She’s always shown that she has good ability. Today was good experience for her and she’s going to take a lot of improvement from the run,” stable manager and brother of the filly’s trainer Frank Salanitri said.
Salanitri added there was no rush with the filly, but that they were keen to give her a chance of making it in elite level company during the upcoming Spring features in Victoria.
“We’ll see how she pulls up from today,” he said on Sunday.
“She is a work in progress so we’ll take our time with her.
“She’s a genuine filly and definitely has the scope for further improvement. It’s good that we’ve got today out of the way.
“She’ll be nommed for some of the better races, like the Thousand Guineas and the Oaks, that’s the path we’ll try and take.”
The $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) takes place at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday October 10, while the $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) is a feature held at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Thursday November 5.
Salanitri has had just the one Thousand Guineas and Crown Oaks runner over the years.
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