Group One Horse for Nicconi
Talented Nicconi filly Lankan Star ran the race of her life in the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday to be beaten half a length when second to the Godolphin filly Lyre bringing a big update for her full sister entered for Inglis Premier by Woodside Park.
The Hayes Dabernig trained filly enjoyed a good run in transit for Damien Oliver and hit the line hard taking her record to one win and two seconds from four starts with prizemoney topping $350,000.
“We had a good run, she had her chance, the winner was just a bit too strong, but she ran really well,” said Oliver.
David Hayes was delighted with the run and indicated a trip to Sydney would be on the cards for Lankan Star if she pulls up well.
Retained to race by her breeder, Lankan Star combines the blood of two Widden sires as she is the first winner for Clearwater Bay, a three time winning daughter of Golden Slipper winner Stratum from a European Black Type family featuring Group winners Katiyra and Kataniya.
Woodside Park will offer the full sister to Lankan Star at Inglis Premier as Lot 117.
Lankan Star looms as a bright prospect for Widden Stud’s Nicconi, who already has five stakes-winners on the board this season and winners of over $4 million in prizemoney.
Nicconi had yearlings sell for up to $420,000 at Magic Millions and has solid representation at Inglis Premier where he has 14 yearlings catalogued.