Merry Christmas from Nesbo

Dec 26, 2013

It is little wonder that promising gelding Nesbo was so strongly fancied at Sale on Christmas Eve, the lightly raced four-year-old having been so good – without much luck – when resuming at Caulfield a couple of weeks ago.

Catching the eye with a strong run for third after conceding his rivals an impossible start, Nesbo was found after the run to have swallowed some dirt, making his effort all the more meritorious.

On the strength of that run sent out a very short odds-on favourite at Sale, Nesbo didn’t let supporters down, settling back and travelling well for Brad Rawiller – suited by a hot early pace.

Hooking out four wide at the top of the straight, Nesbo hit the lead at the 300m and raced clear, his 1¼ length victory – the second of his five start career – a soft one.

“You could not have scripted it any better,” Rawiller said.

“He was always travelling nicely although he was pretty casual over the last furlong.”

“But he is a lovely horse and he will keep improving.”

“He will gain a bit of confidence from that win,” he said, adding that “he is definitely a city class horse.”

Unplaced (a Sandown fourth on heavy going) only once in five starts, Nesbo is well regarded by the stable and we are looking forward to seeing how he progresses over the summer months.

Congratulations to owners Alan Gay and Dr Adam Gay who paid just $13,000 at the Scone Yearling Sale for Nesbo who is named after prolific Norwegian author Jo Nesbo.

A son of the French Group One winner Valixir (conqueror of Elvstroem), Nesbo is the second foal and first winner for the city placed winner Tavette who was coincidently bred raced by other clients of MC Kent Racing - the Zito family.