Striv­ing to Suc­ceed

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACEDAY PREVIEW - MATT JONES

KODY Nestor is en­joy­ing life as a trainer and Kenny Suc­ceed and Sticket can make things even bet­ter to­day.

Nestor was a top coun­try jockey who rode 574 win­ners but weight is­sues meant he had to give it away last year.

The 28-year-old got his trainer’s li­cence in Novem­ber and started rac­ing horses this year and Kenny Suc­ceed was his first win­ner. He has seven in work. “I can now eat and drink what I want and I feel 100 per cent bet­ter,” Nestor said.

“I’ve been able to train a cou­ple of win­ners so ev­ery­thing is go­ing good at the mo­ment. I wouldn’t say it’s been a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion. It’s been a lot of hard work and I’m tak­ing it step by step.

“It’s a pretty good job when you’re work­ing with horses all day and I want to build the team up; it would be good to get 15 in work.”

Kenny Suc­ceed is his lead­ing chance in the fi­nal race of the day, a Class 3 Hand­i­cap (1100m).

He’s been very con­sis­tent since en­ter­ing Nestor’s sta­bles late last year and is com­ing off a third plac­ing at Dubbo and his worst fin­ish for Nestor has been fourth.

“He’s been rac­ing re­ally well for me this prepa­ra­tion and I think the old fella will be hard to beat,” Nestor said.

“He was un­lucky last time when he missed the kick and got caught three-deep but he wasn’t beaten far.

“He’s a horse that likes to roll for­ward and it should take a bit of luck out of the equa­tion.”

Kenny Suc­ceed has won three times but they’ve all been over 1000m and at his three goes at to­day’s trip he’s fin­ished third twice.

But Nestor thinks he can get a good enough run to win con­sid­er­ing the way the speed map looks.

“The only query with him is the 1100m,” he said.

“If he can get a soft enough run, he’ll be hard to run down. It’s a pretty good draw con­sid­er­ing where the pace is.

“The ma­jor­ity of the pace has drawn out­side him in Trades Hall and Rasta­far­ian which ben­e­fits us. We can dic­tate to them. If we want to roll for­ward and lead, and they want to put the pres­sure on, they’ll have to work around to lead.”

Sticket, a four-year-old by Tick- ets, races in a Bench­mark 55 Hand­i­cap (1300m) after win­ning on de­but at a Sky 2 meet­ing at Welling­ton on April 7.

He needs to lift to­day in a ca­pac­ity field and ev­ery horse in the race is vastly more ex­pe­ri­enced than him but he’s im­prov­ing with each day.

“He only tri­alled fair but then went to Welling­ton and won, al­beit in a weak race, but he did a few things wrong and he’s got im­prove­ment in him,” Nestor said.

“He’ll run bet­ter on the Narromine track than he did at Welling­ton be­cause he’ll get more room and it’s a good start from the 1300m.”

Sticket has to come out of gate 12 but Nestor still thinks he’ll ac­quit him­self well.

“We’ll have to do a lit­tle bit of work but he could be up out­side the leader or just be­hind and the big­ger track helps him more,” he said.

“He’s prob­a­bly im­proved a cou­ple of lengths.”

Jockey Mathew Cahill should be in for a good day.

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