Stakes Next for Nicconi Mare
John Thompson is coaxing career best from progressive Nicconi mare Nieta, who posted her fifth win from just nine starts when bolting away to win easily at Rosehill on Saturday.
Taken quietly through her grades, Nieta stamped herself as a mare on the rise with this victory and connections are looking at chasing Black Type with her over the summer.
“I haven’t been as confident off a track gallop after I worked her this week, as I was coming here today,” said winning rider Josh Parr.
“What can you say? She’s bombproof.
“Off a hot speed she was able to show a classy turn of foot and had them beaten in a matter of three strides.
“A turn of foot like hers is three quarters of the job done, especially going up in grade. To be able to travel off the speed regardless of how quick they go. She’ll win a good race, it’s as simple as that.”
Nieta will now target the Listed ATC Starlight Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on December 3.
A $20,000 Magic Millions purchase for part-owner Greg De Vries from the Holbrook Thoroughbreds draft, Nieta has won over $166,000 in prizemoney.
She is the best of four winners from Brookton Flash, a half-sister to dual Group I winner Sincero.
Widden Stud’s quiet achiever, Nicconi has had a strong start to the season with over 40 winners of over $1.6 million and three stakes-winners in Faatinah, Hear the Chant and Caipirhina.