Nestor nabs unlikely win on a heavy track

Winners: Kyle Robertson, Vince Gordon, Rob Whittaker, Natalie Pearce, Peter Nestor, Daniel Northey and Mal McIntyre. Photo: Janian McMillan (梧桐夜网racingphotography南京夜网419论坛)Dubbo trainer Peter Nestor recorded an unexpected win at the Narromine Turf Club on Monday, with Dane De Lago (Daniel Northey, $26) taking out the Mitavite Benchmark 65 Handicap (1300 metres).
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The five-year-old grey gelding drew the unfavourable barrier 13 in Monday’s final race but hit the fence early, and held his ground well to cross the line four-tenths of a length ahead of Victorian Crown (Ken Dunblar, $15) with Filomena (Adam Sewell, $9.00) another two-tenths of a length back.

Dane De Lago has had a poor career record on a heavy track, but likes the distance, having managed three of four career wins over 1300m.

Nestor said sticking close to the fence anda drop in weightshelped to secure asurprising, but very welcome, win.

“Most probably unexpected to win. Heran the fence, it’s the quicker way home,” he said.

“Hasn’t really been handling the wet track and it was a pretty heavy track yesterday.

“Just a good ride. The horse was able to keep balance without being all over the place, he had one line of running and Ithink that helped a lot under the conditions.”

It was an unpredictable field, with $4.60 favourite Rockatorio (Greg Ryan), trained by Tamworth’s Sue Grills, struggling the most on the heavy track to finish almost 16 lengths back inlast place.

The next most liked horse was the Justin W Stanley trained Prattler (Anthony Cavallo, $5.00), which finished 11th, while $7.00 hopeful Raised for Battle (Jake Pracey-Holmes) finished eighth.

Dane De Lago’s win was Nestor’s only joy at the Narromine track onMonday.Private Taber (Kody Nestor, $21) was the trainer’snext-best result,finishing three-and-a-half lengths behind from Dane De Lago to comeseventh in the same race.

In the Kinds Jewellers Maiden Plate (1100m), the Nestor-trained Chigi (Daniel Northey, $31) finished ninth, 36.2 lengths behind winner Feelin’ Hot (Greg Ryan, $8.00).

Hand Timed (Kody Nestor, $15) ran 12thin the Dubbo Photo News Maiden Plate (1100m),43.6 lengths back from winner Blazon Tales (Mathew Cahill, $5.00).

Top Magic (Kody Nestor, $8.00) finished ninth –tenlengths back from winner Eurella Flight (Peter W Stanley, $10) – in the Star FM Class 1 Handicap (1300m).

Nestor said the future is uncertain for Dane De Lago and the rest of his stable, with wet weather threatening scheduled race meets across the region.

“Not really sure, the way the weather is,” he said.

“We lack a few race meetings in our area, but we’ll see ifwe can find something.

“We’ll just have to see what’s available.”

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