NEXUS COMES HOME
Ken Nicol: Fittingly, promising three-year-old Nexus carried the black and white colours of the late Jack Mitchell to victory in the headlining MR80 over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
The Dynasty colt scored comfortably by a length and a quarter to complete a three timer on the day for both jockey Greg Cheyne and trainer Justin Snaith.
“He’s on the up. I was happy with what i felt and it’ll be interesting to see how far he can go” was Cheyne’s comment.
“What an emotional win. We’ll miss Jack sorely” added Jonathan Snaith.
It’s been a weekend to remember for Cheyne, as he also won all four legs of the Jackpot in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
Nexus’ win partly made up for the disappointment of Race 1, where Mitchell owned 7-20 favourite General Franco, who had been so impressive on debut trailed in last.
“No excuses. He trotted out fine and the vet found nothing untoward. We’ll take blood on Monday” said Snaith.
The race was won by Vaughan Marshall’s highly rated Vercingetorix colt Fearless Warrior, who made all.
Otherwise it was a day where the form book generally didn’t lie, as tote favourites Rock Spirit, Captain’s Darling, Boomps A Daisy and Nexus all did the business.
Particularly impressive was Brett Crawford’s Boomps A Daisy. The Australian bred filly underlined the fact that she seems far better on a straight course for now as she bounded clear to win the FM74 1200m unextended by two and a half.
“She wasn’t happy around the turn the previous twice i rode her, but had lovely gate speed today” commented Cheyne.
“A very progressive filly who is still learning what to do and is strengthening up. She’s beautifully balanced and it bodes well for the future” added a satisfied Crawford.
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