Nechita emerged as one of the likely new stars of the Australian racing scene with a scintillating win in Saturday’s Group Three Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm.
After being settled back in the field by rider Christian Reith, Nechita then produced a stunning burst of acceleration to reel in the leaders and then race away for the easiest of wins – the margin was a length and three quarters.
Connections summed up the filly and her performance best with trainer John Thompson describing Nechita as “outstanding” and Reith confessing to “getting goosebumps when you ride her.”
By Australia’s sire of the moment Fastnet Rock, Nechita was purchased for Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm Syndicate by bloodstock Rick Connolly for $130,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
“I was quietly confident,” Thompson said. “She has ticked all the boxes and she has done everything we have asked of her.”
“I was a bit worried as there was probably not just one to beat, but half a dozen, with proven stakes class level fillies, and to see her go out and do that was impressive.”
“She is not a gross filly and she does not take a lot of work. She’s very athletic and she is very much a push button horse. She puts herself out there, she began well, she relaxes, pulls out and lets down.”
Thompson said he would be in no rush to decide where the filly runs next. She is a chance to clash with stablemate All Too Hard in the Group One Golden Rose.
“We’ll leave that for the boss,” Thompson said.
Nechita is the 35th individual stakes winner for Danehill’s Lightning Stakes winning son Fastnet Rock and is out to emulate his Group One winning daughters Atlantic Jewel, Mosheen, Se Siren, Lone Rock and Irish Lights in the coming weeks.
Her dam, the three time Sydney winning Peintre Celebre mare Artistique, is proving a great success already at stud with her other runner Art Thou Ready a multiple Sydney winner and runner-up in the Grafton Guineas.
Artistique, who won at distances from 1200 to 1800 metres, is a half sister to the stakes winning fillies and proven winner producers Chiming Lass and Winona.
Bred by Jason Abrahams and Judy Somers, Nechita was sold at the Gold Coast through the draft of Edinglassie Stud.
Her yearling half brother by Northern Meteor has been entered for the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Breeding: Fastnet Rock-Artistique (Peintre Celebre)
Race: ATC Silver Shadow Stakes G3 (1200m)
Sold for: $130,000
Sale: 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Edinglassie Stud (As Agent)
Buyer: Connolly Bloodstock
Owner(s): Patinack Farm Racing (Mgr: NL Tinkler)
Trainer: John Thompson (Randwick)