Sep 08, 2015
It was a barnstorming victory recorded by Nesbo at Ballarat on Sunday, the talented six-year-old charging home from the rear of the field to find the line in determined fashion at his first run since June.
Our second winner from as many runners on the card, Nesbo drifted back from a wide gate, patiently steered by Chris Parnham who had him out into the clear early in the straight - allowing him to wind up into full momentum.
Recording the fourth win of his 13 start career, Nesbo has been sparingly raced due to hock issues which Michael Kent is happy to have the six-year-old "at his best."
"He is not a bad stayer this horse," he said - "and he can go up a level, he is a city class horse so onwards and upwards."
Having his first ride on Nesbo, Chris Parnham was impressed - "when I asked him for his effort he really gave."
"He was always travelling well on the bridle and that usually means a horse is going to finish off."
"We got into a bit of an awkward spot before the corner but we were able to get into the clear in the straight and he hit the line well."
"It is my first winner for the stable," he added, "and I am rapt!"
Raced by the Gay family who paid just $13,000 for him at the 2011 Scone Yearling Sale, Nesbo is a son of the dual Gr.1 winning French galloper Valixir, he hails from a family with which the stable has enjoyed plenty of success.
Served last spring by Harbour Watch, Nesbo's dam Tavette was bred by the Zito family who also bred and race Miss Steele, one of our stable's favourites - a Gr.3 winner set to resume at Caulfield in a couple of week's time.
Tavette is a granddaughter of the city winner Princess Phoenix, dam of the triple Gr.3 winner Steel Phoenix and grandam of Miss Steele.