Nechita has stamped her authority over Sydney’s spring three-year-old fillies with a record-breaking return in the Group Three Silver Shadow Stakes on Saturday.
Trainer John Thompson knew he had a potential star on his hands but admitted to some nerves at Warwick Farm as Nechita was sent out the $1.90 favourite in the 1200m feature.
He need not have worried as the horse he rates as promising as any he’s worked with, powered home from a midfield position to defeat Meidung ($13) by 1-3/4 lengths with a short-neck to Dear Demi ($18) in third.
Nechita posted 1min09.78secs to break Skating’s 20-year race record by 0.12secs, with that filly going on to win the Doncaster as a three-year-old.
“I’ve had a lot of good horses over the years and you’d have to say she’s just as promising as any that I’ve had anything to do with,” Thompson said.
Thompson has been training for Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm for the past three years and before then worked for Bart Cummings for eight years when the legendary trainer had a number of star gallopers in the stable.
“I was a bit worried today because there wasn’t just one to beat, there was probably half a dozen proven stakes-class fillies in there,” Thompson said.
“To see her go out there and do that was impressive.
“It was a confident ride and a confident win. It was good to see her put them away.”
Nechita was having just her second start after an impressive win at the same track in June, and a decision on her spring preparation now needs to be made.
The filly is owned by Tinkler who also has Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard headed towards the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) for the training partnership of John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes.
Thompson said Tinkler would make the call on whether the filly tackled the boys in the Golden Rose or stayed against the fillies in the rest of the Princess Series.
“She’s in it (Golden Rose), the boss will make that call,” Thompson said.
“It means more to the company for the colt to win it. We’ll see how he goes next week (in the Run To The Rose). But she is in good shape.”