First Australian winner by El Nino

Merlo Downs sire El Nino (USA) moved off the mark at stud in Australia when his filly Ninette Kan won at Emerald on Saturday.

Ninette Kan (2f El Nino – Scoot Kan by Kanoot) is trained by Allan Jenkinson at Yeppoon for owner-breeder Deidre Milne.  “She should have won at Mackay two starts ago,” Jenkinson said.  “We’ve been trying to get her to settle and she’s starting to relax now.”

The El Nino filly scored by a length from Lunar Command (Court Command) in the Emerald Coaches Maiden Hcp (1200m).  “We were very happy with that win,” Jenkinson said.  “She will get further but now it’s time for her to have a holiday.”

Milne boards her dam Scoot Kan with Ray Coyne at Stewart Park in Rockhampton.  She also raced second-dam Scarlet Charlotte (Scarletville) to 10 wins in the Capricornia region – the last of them in the Bluff Cup.

Merlo Downs couple Jeff and Lea Marlow own El Nino and stood him for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee last year.  They are based 50km west of Brisbane at Minden.

El Nino (Storm Cat) had won three sprints in Kentucky and was also G2 placed in the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga.  His first USA crop built up a 79% winning strike-rate before a 2011 transfer to Queensland.

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