Nothin' Leica Win
Apr 12, 2018
Exciting times await the big and enthusiastic group of owners who were out in force to cheer home the promising three-year-old Nothin' Leica High at Pakenham on Thursday night.
Having his first run since finishing out of the placings in the Geelong Classic last October, the well related son of High Chaparral was kicking off over a mile and looked to have a tough job ahead under the steadier of 60kg.
But he was well steered by Brad Rawiller who had Nothin' Leica High into a good rhythm back in the field - edging closer from the 700m and making his winning run around the field turning.
A bit green in the run home, Nothin' Leica High gradually wore in the two leaders and was soft on the line, looking to have plenty in hand.
The win was not totally unexpected with the young horse having improved since being gelded but it was thought that he would derive great benefit from the run.
"It was a fantastic first up effort for a horse who clearly needs further," said the stable's Beth Schoen.
"The plan was to run him for some fitness tonight over 1600m and then step up to 2000m in two weeks' time and head to the South Australian Derby third up."
"He looked to be a Derby horse last year but didn't stand up to it it being a colt, he has since had the ultimate gear change."
"We knew he would run well tonight," she continued, "and thought that he could win on class but we would also have been happy if he had just run on well."
"It was a great training effort," said jockey Brad Rawiller who was having his first ride on Nothin' Leica High. "He was going to get back and need things going his way with the weight and we did have to get into the race a bit earlier than ideal."
"But it worked out really well for him and his last 100m was very nice, he is a powerful horse whose class really started to tell late. And he will be all the better as he gets over further."
Purchased at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Nothin' Leica High is out of the Gr.1 Doomben Cup winning Nothin' Leica Dane mare Cinque Cento who has produced five winners from her six foals to race.