Burnewang North-bred colt Niccolance has earned a trip to the Melbourne spring carnival following an unbeaten start to the season in Sydney.
Niccolance won a Rosehill maiden last month and backed that up with another front-running exhibition in the Fashions On The Field Hcp (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday. He ran a class-record 1.21.48s prompting trainer Peter Snowden to look south for a hat-trick.
Burnewang North sold him for $125,000 at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions and there’s already $251,660 in the kitty for a syndicate that includes Kevin Moses and Neville Voigt.
“He’s always had a bit of ability but would have to placed right down there,” Snowden said. “He could bounce off this into a nice race in Flemington or Sandown but we wouldn’t run him on anything worse than a Soft 6.”
Snowden trained his dam Nonchalance (Lonhro) to a Gosford win for Sheikh Mohammed and she was subsequently sold to Burnewang North’s Cathy Hains as a broodmare prospect in 2012. Her half-brother Complacent won a Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes and their dam Insouciance (Quest For Fame) is a sister to Australian 2YO Champion Dracula.
“We lost Nonchalance last year but we still have her daughter National Velvet,” Hains said. “She’s a beautiful, black mare by Commands and is having a few weeks here at the farm before going back into work with Troy Corstens.”
Nonchalance’s final foal is a Helmet filly that cost Ellerton Zahra Racing $80,000 at this year’s Melbourne Premier.
Burnewang North’s next crop of yearlings for the Magic Millions are coming in next week and, all up, there will be 20 lots catalogued for the Gold Coast or Melbourne Premier.
“Gai Waterhouse was here last week with a spring in her step looking over our yearlings,” Hains added. “All the rain has helped the crops and pastures and the dam-storage levels will ensure we won’t be dry and dusty for the next few years.”