Nicoscene flew home from the back of the field to nail a Group 2 victory for Musk Creek Farm in the Euclase Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
The Melbourne raider had won three races at Moonee Valley before crossing the border to bag his first black-type victory. “He’s best when he can relax,” jockey Mark Zahra said. “There was more speed in the race than I expected and that let him switch off which was important.”
Nicoscene (3c Nicconi – Citiscene by Snippets) was pin-hooked by Musk Creek for $23,000 as a weanling and then sold for $85,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. That mark-up emphasises the ability of Musk Creek owner David Kobritz and his team to identify a foal with stakes potential.
Kobritz kept a share in the colt and connections will talk with trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman whether to take him north to the Queensland winter carnival. His second-dam Citirecruit was runner-up in the 2000 Queensland Oaks.
The Euclase Stakes was the second stakes win in as many weeks for Musk Creek following Dead Or Alive’s victory in the LR Oaklands Plate (1600m) at Morphettville on May 2. The Wanted gelding was bred and sold by Kobritz for $110,000 at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions.