Our Boy Nicholas Will Head Queensland Invasion Of Thursday's Ballina Cup

Sep 07, 2016

Our Boy Nicholas, part of a large Queensland invasion for Thursday’s $65,000 Slipway Hotel Ballina Cup (1600m), is ready to break back into the winners’ circle after a long drought.

The Toby Edmonds trained six-year-old hasn’t won a race in over 12 months since his stirring victory in last year’s Coffs Harbour Cup in August. Edmonds went back to Coffs again this year only to have the day’s racing abandoned due to unsafe track conditions following heavy rain.

“It was a shame we missed Coffs, he was going well and ready,” Gold Coast-based Edmonds said. “He came back to Eagle Farm and he wasn’t suited by the track conditions. He got back in the field on the inside and there was a lot of kick back which he didn’t like.

"In hindsight we would have been better coming to the outside. It’s well documented he hasn’t won for a while but he’s trained on nicely. I’m happy with him.”

Our Boy Nicholas finished 7.7 lengths ninth to Beckham over 1400m at Eagle Farm on August 13. Two starts back and second-up, the More Than Ready gelding finished runner-up to Beckham over the same trip at the same track on July 16 when he made good ground late after being well back early.

“It was a different type of soft track that day and he went nicely,” Edmonds added.

Our Boy Nicholas is one of nine Queenslanders in the 14-horse field, many of whom bring different form lines into the Ballina Cup. Edmonds said it would be a race with “a good tempo” which should suit his seven-time winning galloper.

“Ballina isn’t the ideal track for run on horses but there looks to be good speed in the race and that’s going to suit swoopers like Our Boy Nicholas,” he added. “He’s had three runs back from a spell and stepping up to 1600 metres is going to suit him.”

Our Boy Nicholas has won four from eight over the distance. He will be ridden by Jim Byrne, carries 59.5kg and launches from barrier 12.

Story from Tony White, Racing NSW