Chatswood Stud graduate Nautical produced a barnstorming finish to lead home a Victorian quinella in the G3 Bow Mistress Trophy (1200m) in Hobart on Friday.
The daughter of former Chatswood stallion Niello landed a last-stride victory over I Love It (Artie Schiller) who was attempting to double up in the weight-for-age event for mares.
Visiting trainer Nikki Burke looked a relieved lady after the race and not just because Nautical prevailed in a desperately close photo-finish.
“She hasn’t eaten since we arrived here,” Burke revealed.
“She was drinking plenty of water but was losing weight. She hasn’t settled in and I will have to take her straight back home.”
Burke said the mare, known as Louise around her Cranbourne stable, will stay on the mainland instead of returning to Tasmania for the G3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) in a fortnight.
“I will aim her for the Adelaide carnival,” she said. “The (G1) Robert Sangster might be a bit rich but there are other races for her at Morphettville.”
Nautical (6m Niello – Magda by Anabaa) began her career with 6 placing in a row at Yarra Glen, Cranbourne, Flemington and Caulfield (3) before breaking through at Seymour. Friday’s black-type boosted her earnings to $354,935
Nautical was bred in Victoria by Richard Pietrykowski and sold for $10,000 out of the Chatswood draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale. Her dam Magda, who died in 2013, was a half-sister to NZ Group 1 winner The Heckler.
Niello (Octagonal) also died prematurely at Chatswood Stud in 2011. A younger brother to Lonhro, he carved out a Group 1 career of his own winning the Spring Champion Stakes, Canterbury Guineas & Rosehill Guineas.