Nessuno shows rivals its tail
BRISBANE ? Rockhampton trainer John Wigginton will aim for more city riches after stable star Nessuno made short work of his rivals in the $50,000 Tails & Veils Handicap (1020m) at Doomben yesterday.
Aided by a perfect Brad Pengelly ride, Nessuno ($6) finished powerfully in the straight to overhaul joint pacemaker Tornado Alley ($4.40) in a 11/4 length win.
Royal Hero ($8) wilted late after sharing the lead to finish a further 11/4 lengths back in third place. The disappointment of the race was former Victorian galloper Secateurs. Trained on the Gold Coast by Alan Bailey and having his first Brisbane start, Secateurs started the well-tried $2.90 favourite but failed to fire a shot and finished a distant last. However, Nessuno made amends for his last-start defeat in the Goldmarket at the Gold Coast and Wigginton said the gelding would remain in Brisbane to be aimed at a 1200m Quality Handicap at Eagle Farm on February 4. "I was quietly confident going into today and the alley and a very heady ride was what won us the race,'' Wigginton said. "He can stay here now and have another run over the road (Eagle Farm) next week.''
Earlier, leading Brisbane apprentice Ric McMahon notched his 30th metropolitan winner this season when he guided Tamworth sprinter Sir Winalot to an authoritative win in the Ralph Woods FInance Hcp (1200m). A leading light in a stellar crop of apprentices, McMahon again showed his potential with another polished performance to lift Sir Winalot ($3.60) to a narrow but convincing win over Sandy River ($8).
Sir Winalot jumped with the field and McMahon quickly slotted the five-year-old gelding into a perfect position in fourth place, two lengths behind pacemaker Golden Fox. McMahon caught his rivals napping when he made his move rounding the home turn and his initiative may have proved the difference between winning and losing.
While Sir Winalot dashed clear, Sandy River's rider Stathi Katsidis was caught in traffic before he eventually found clear running late to run the winner to a long neck.