Striving to Succeed
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.