No second- up syndrome for Nic’s Vendetta
WHEN Nic’s Vendetta turns up to the races second-up, he means business.
And it was no different in yesterday’s Highway Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick when he brought up his fifth win from six starts second-up.
He sizzled over the 1200m to beat favourite Ori On Fire by half a length in 1min 08.40sec, just outside the track record on the Good 3 surface. It was his second Highway Handicap win from 10 starts and now Muswellbrook trainer Todd Howlett will try to win with him in town.
“I’ve waited for these Highways and they’ve been good to me,” Howlett said. “We might try a midweek now he’s out of these Highway races.
“You never know, we might have a crack at a Saturday race out of season. He’s just run good time and the 1200m to 1400m will be good for him.”
Nic’s Vendetta is a half-brother to Problem Solver and all of his wins have come second-up. “Maybe I should put him back out,” Howlett joked. “I thought he might start overdoing it then Hughie (Bowman on Ori On Fire) went to the front and he started to travel the whole way.’’
Howlett didn’t tell apprentice Mikayla Weir she had the ride on the Nicconi fiveyear-old, but just let her see her name next to the horse when nominations came out.
“It’s good for her to be able to kick a goal and hopefully she keeps winning,’’ Howlett said.
“These races are excellent for country trainers. The country trainers are always out the back (in the stalls) helping each other out on these days.”