Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm bred colt Nikitas can continue his family’s amazing run this season in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on January 9.
The younger half-brother to G1 VRC Oaks winner Jameka (Myboycharlie) could not have been more impressive winning the Canadian Club Hcp (1200m) on debut at Doomben on Saturday. He bolted in by more than four lengths from Mishani Silva (Bradbury’s Luck) and Coming In Hot (Snippetson).
“He was just too good for them,” trainer Kelso Wood said. “We didn’t want to lead today but Michael (Cahill) had no trouble crossing from the wide barrier.
Wood compared Nikitas to his former Group 1 star Sizzling and indicated the Victorian bred colt will have his final Magic Millions lead-up in the LR B J McLachlan Stakes at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day.
“I will keep him ticking over for the Magic Millions,” Wood added. “He’s a very good and will eventually be more of a 1600m horse.”
Nikitas (2c Snitzel – Mine Game by General Nediym) made $280,000 at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale. Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson sold him to a syndicate that includes Sizzling’s owners David Devine and Neville Morgan.
“He was a bit green and pricked his ears a bit and I think he half went to pull up at one stage,’’ Cahill said. “There’s a huge amount of potential there and he will definitely be much better next season.”
Jamieson has a half-brother to Jameka and Nikitas on the ground by Cox Plate winner Shamus Award.
He bought their dam Mine Game for $190,000 as a yearling at the 2007 Gold Coast Magic Millions and she won at Caulfield before retiring to stud at Nagambie.
Gilgai Farm recently won the TBV Spring Breeders Premiership with the performances of Jameka as well as stakes winning The Quarterback. These successes add to the long list of black type winners from the farm with siblings Black Caviar and All Too Hard being the most well known.