Finishing burst … Christian Reith drives Nechita to the line at Flemington.PATINACK Farm trainer John Thompson went for the sunglasses as he shifted through the interviews after Nechita won the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
”Can I put these [sunglasses] on?” he said before speaking with the on-course broadcaster. ”This [crying] has happened to me before.”
Nechita proved herself the fastest three-year-old in training and gave rider Christian Reith his first group 1 as she drew away to score by three-quarters of a length from Jolie Bay and Shamexpress.
The troubled Patinack operation had clearance sales of racing stock and broodmares on the Gold Coast this week and its head, Nathan Tinkler, said he wanted to get out of racing. ”When they mentioned the boss [Tinkler] I was gone [and starting crying],” Thompson said. ”We have been having a tough time but he loves his racing and deserved that.
”It had been a good spring for him with All Too Hard winning the [Caulfield] Guineas and running second in the Cox Plate but I was just waiting for my turn.
”It is just something you can’t explain to win here on this day and it is one for the whole operation because [Nechita] has been everywhere. She spelled in Queensland and went into work up there, then Sydney and finally got down here and did the job.”
It was a maiden group 1 for Reith, who had a harmless tumble as he pulled up on Real Stolle in the first.
”John wanted me to have a look at the track in the first, but when I came back he said to me that he did not want me to see it that closely,” he said.
Reith handled the pressure of the Coolmore as he waited until the 250-metre mark to ask the Fastnet Rock filly for her winning charge.
”We knew she was going well and I was more nervous because it is the best we have had her,” Reith said. ”I just had to do my job because everyone else had done theirs. Everything went to plan and I just had to bide my time because I know how explosive her turn of foot is when she goes.”
Thompson said she was ”probably the fastest horse I have trained”.
”You need to get it right with horses like her and we have,” he said. ”It is our first real big group 1 and the hard work is starting to pay off. Before this we have had group wins but they have been in Western Australia, Adelaide and Brisbane.”
Jolie Bay, another daughter of Fastnet Rock, had been alongside Nechita at the furlong pole but could not match her acceleration as the fillies quinellaed the group 1.
”She went outstanding and on the line she was getting a bit back from the other filly,” Jolie Bay’s jockey, Michael Rodd, said. ”She is going to be a very good filly over further and I think there is a group 1 in her down the track.”
Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said: ”She has done a mighty job to come from a Hawkesbury class 1 to get to a group 1 and won a group 2 along the way. I can’t wait to get her back in the autumn. She is still six months away and I can’t wait to get her back in the autumn.”
Favourite Snitzerland ran fifth.
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