Woodside Park Stud has acquired an interest in brilliant Brisbane youngster Nikitas.
A Snippets half-brother to VRC Oaks winner Jameka, he will set for a Group 1 campaign culminating in the J J Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 11.
Nikitas (2c Snitzel – Mine Game by General Nediym) won by four lengths on debut at Doomben in December and then earned black-type with placings in the G3 B J McLachlan Stakes and Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
He was bred at Gilgai Farm and made $280,000 at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale. Gilgai owner Rick Jamieson bought his dam Mine Game at the 2007 Gold Coast Magic Millions and she won at Caulfield before retiring to Nagambie.
Trainer Kelso Wood has compared Nikitas with his former Group 1 Snippets sprinter Sizzling. “I’m very excited about this horse,” Wood said. “He has the same kind of ability as Sizzling. But Sizzling was a horse with a lot of issues. This fellow is bombproof.”
Sizzling retired to Newgate Farm in 2014 and has averaged 140 mares in his first two books in the Hunter Valley.
Jockey Michael Cahill is looking forward to partnering Nikitas during the Brisbane winter carnival. “He was a bit green during his first prep and even went to pull up when he won at Doomben. He has huge potential and will definitely be much better as a three year-old.”
Woodside Park’s Mark Rowsthorn bought into Nikitas with part-owners David Devine, Neville Morgan and Elio Galante. The colt will eventually join a burgeoning Woodside Park roster that includes Written Tycoon, his son Rich Enuff and Group 1 sprinter Zoustar.