Swettenham Stud and Team Williams combined for another feature win with Niblick at Flemington on Saturday.
Niblick (5g Encosta de Lago – Leica Vista by Sir Tristram) stormed home to win the Listed VRC Paris Lane Stakes (1400m) first-up after a 17 week spell. “He had problems with his feet in the autumn,” Nick Williams revealed. “I think we will the best of him over the spring.
Niblick holds a G1 entry for the for the ATC Epsom Hcp (1600m) at Randwick on October 1. He was bred and sold by Swettenham for $220,000 at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions.
Swettenham also bred Group 1 iron-horse Zipping and he banked $4.53 million for the Williams family. “Niblick is an enormous talent,” Williams said. “I would love to think he is still going strong as a nine-year-old – just like Zipping.”
Niblick is the fourth stakes winner for Coolmore champion Encosta de Lago this season following Aeronautical (ATC The Rosebud), Kneeling (MVRC William Crockett Stakes) and Sweetest Melody who won the Mona Lisa Stakes at Wyong on Friday.
Coolmore champion Encosta de Lago has sired 86 stakes winners and he will stand for an $110,000 (inc gst) service fee this year.
Niblick is a half brother to G2 Sandown Guineas winner Moon Dragon and their dam Leica Vista is a half sister to G1 Australasian Oaks winner Leica Smile.
Leica Vista has a yearling filly from the second crop of Swettenham Stud resident Soldier’s Tale.