Patience paid off for Sydney trainer Clare...
A tardy start cost Niccanova a win in the Eagle Farm Mile 2020 results with the beaten favourite brilliant late but just unable to get to the eventual Godolphin-raced winner Gaulois.
On the quick back-up out of last Saturday’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) when second to Tyzone at big odds, the Steve Tregea-trained Nicconi six-year-old from Toowoomba Niccanova started favourite in the Group 3 $125,000 Eagle Farm Mile (1600m).
He was second last out the gates however and forced to travel towards the tail of the field in a wide run throughout, ruining his chances of a consolation win during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Leading the field around despite instructions not to do so on the James Cummings-trained Gaulois was the in-form hoop Brad Stewart coming off a winning ride one race earlier aboard the favourite Vanna Girl in the Group 2 The Roses.
From a wide barrier (14 of 15), tenacious Street Cry five-year-old Gaulois looked to enjoy the challenge of crossing the field to take up the lead having last been seen finishing a nose back second in the Listed Wayne Wilson (1600m) at the Sunshine Coast on May 15.
With a month between runs, Gaulois was fresh and firing in the Eagle Farm Mile kicking away to lead from barrier to box.
The horse was three lengths clear around the turn for home, but was put under pressure on the straight including from stablemate Best Of Days who was flying home up the inside making up ground quickly.
Flashing down the outside with a brilliant late run, Niccanova did his best work in the closing stages, really accelerating in the final 20m to force a photo finish in the Eagle Farm Mile.
He was just a little too late however as Gaulois held on to beat Niccanova with the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Military Zone third ahead of Best Of Days in a busy four-way finish.
“Instructions certainly weren’t to lead but all is forgiven when they win a Group race like this, i was nervous in the run but Brad (Stewart) got him home,” Godolphin stable representative Nicim Dilmi said.
“At the six hundred when he just started to extend a get a few of them off the bit I started to think he was going to have enough to hold on he had a good gap half way up the straight and just fell in.
“Brad (Stewart) was kind enough to come down Tuesday morning and gallop him to get a feel for the horse and he said he felt a million bucks and would be very tough to beat.
“Both Gaulois and Best Of Days will head back to Melbourne now for a spell before coming back in Spring and hopefully picking up some more Black Type races.”
2020 Eagle Farm Mile Results
|1||5||GAULOIS||James Cummings||Brad Stewart||14||56.5kg||$9.50|
|2||4||NICCANOVA||Steve Tregea||James Orman||0.1L||12||56.5kg||$2.10F|
|3||3||MILITARY ZONE||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ryan Maloney||0.3L||5||57.5kg||$6|
|4||1||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||James Cummings||Robbie Fradd||0.4L||3||59.5kg||$8|
|5||6||SILVERA||Tony Gollan||Jim Byrne||1.65L||15||56.5kg||$21|
|6||13||LA PULGA||Michael Costa||Jag Guthmann-Chester||2.4L||7||55kg||$31|
|7||8||KAONIC (NZ)||Chris Waller||Luke Dittman||3.15L||2||56kg||$31|
|8||12||TAMARACK (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Boris Thornton||3.35L||4||55kg||$151|
|9||14||DELECTATION GIRL (GB)||Kris Lees||Andrew Mallyon||3.65L||8||54kg||$18|
|10||9||COOL CHAP||Robert Heathcote||Ms Stephanie Thornton||4.4L||10||55.5kg||$71|
|11||10||GET STUCK IN||Tony Gollan||Blake Spriggs||4.5L||9||55kg||$21|
|12||11||SIR BARNABUS||Jason Edwards||Taylor Marshall||6.75L||11||55kg||$31|
|13||2||SESAR||Kacy Fogden||Michael Cahill||7.15L||1||58kg||$41|
|14||7||VICTORY EIGHT (NZ)||Trevor Miller||Daniel Griffin||6||56kg||$61|
|15||15||ELLA DIVINE||Robert Heathcote||Mark Du Plessis||13||53kg||$151|
*Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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