Jun 06, 2016
It was a sensational first up victory by Nesbo at Sandown on Saturday, the talented six-year-old settling at the rear of the Ladbrokes Live Play Handicap - hooking out widest into the straight and charging!
Quickly gathering in his rivals in the 1600m event, Nesbo hit the lead with 150m, drawing clear to win by 2 1/4 lengths with plenty in hand.
Doing a great job at his first run since November, the son of Valixir recorded his fifth success from 19 starts and it was his second city win after a Flemington victory in early 2014.
A horse who has always appreciated the sting out of the track, Nesbo was well suited by the soft conditions with Michael Kent noting that the Friday night showers were most welcome.
"I woke up smiling!" he said.
"He has come up really well this time in and I am looking forward to him having a good preparation. He had strong grounding going into this so I was confident that he would run a good race."
It was the stable's 20th metropolitan success for the year and Kent is hopeful that the best is still to come with a lovely group of young horses - "we have got some really nice three-year-olds," he said.
Riding Nesbo for the first time, Dwayne Dunn was impressed by his acceleration.
"He travelled up really nicely and we may even hit the lead too soon," he said.
"I reckon he is a really nice horse, he has a bit of style about him and I think the further he gets the better he will be."
A bargain $13,000 Inglis Scone Yearling Sale purchase for Adam Gay who races the bay with his family, Nesbo is from a family which Kent knows well - one of his close relations being the recently retired Gr.3 winner Miss Steele.