Jan 12, 2014
Talented galloper Nesbo has always promised to measure up at metropolitan level and that is just what he did at Flemington on Saturday, the four-year-old impressive taking out the Straight Draw Handicap.
Settling mid-field, Nesbo lost his position prior to the turn but was able to weave through, hitting the lead in the straight and holding on gamely when challenged late by longshot Correggio.
In doing so Nesbo recorded the third victory of his six start career - and his second win in a row having been successful at Sale on Christmas Eve.
Raced by Alan Gay and Dr Adam Gay, Nesbo has been green at times, stable representative Darren Tymms noting that "he was laying in at times early in his preparation."
Improving with racing, Nesbo still has plenty of upside - "he is a lovely type of horse who will improve again next preparatin," Tymms said.
In the meantime Nesbo will take one step at a time - "we will probably just run him through his grades and see where he gets to."
"He has ability and if his manners keep improving then hopefully we can him to black type company."
Jockey Brad Rawiller, who has been aboard Nesbo at all but one of his starts, said he was confident a fair way form home - "he showed his good turn of foot at the straight and quickly put the race in his keeping," he said.
"He is typical of Mick Kent horses," he continued, "who can sustain their sprint."
Photo courtesy of Grant Courtney.