Kody Nestor chasing more success at home after Highway glory

Hot on the heels of his TAB Highway win at Rosehill on the weekend, Kody Nestor is aiming to add a few more winners to his ever expanding tally closer to home on Tuesday.

Nestor has drawn up some rightfully ambitious plans for Eva’s Deel who charged past her rivals to win at Rosehill on Saturday including a Country Championships tilt before one day getting out to 2400m; true to her breeding.

Nestor’s immediate focus is on Tuesday’s Dubbo meeting where he pinpointed the lightly raced Super Chance as the one to watch.

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A three-year-old daughter of Super One, Super Chance was tipped out after her encouraging debut at Wellington on July 20 where she clocked in third of the 12 runners.

On Monday she reunites with Tony Cavallo in the Dubbo Radio Cabs F & M Maiden Handicap (1000m).

“She has got a little bit of improvement left in her but I think, of my runners, she could be the best one I have got going around,’’ Nestor said.

Thoroughbred action heads to Dubbo and Ballina on Tuesday afternoon.Source:News Corp Australia

“I have got a lot of time for her, whether that be (Tuesday) or later on, but she is the sort of filly that could down and win a Highway.’’

Nestor has a fair few ‘Toulons’ in his stable, none of them though are in any better form at present than Toulon Factor who aims up for his third straight win this afternoon’s Ezyquiphire Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m).

Kody Nestor believes Super Chance could be his best at Ballina.Source:AAP

Toulon Factor broke his maiden on Cotton Cup Day Warren despite drawing barrier 12 of 13.

Eighteen days later and Toulon Factor did what only a small percentage of horses do, that is win a Class 1 immediately after winning a maiden.

And it was surely emphatic too; Nestor’s gelding won by upwards of two-lengths and this time drew the outside alley in the 12 horse field.

The horse’s sequence of wide barriers has followed him home to Dubbo but it’s not something that fazes Nestor, a man who rode more than 70 winners at the racetrack himself.

“It’s a good start at the mile so he should get across into a lovely spot and he will be hard enough to beat. He is going well,’’ Nestor says.

“I have always had a little bit of an opinion of him and he just taken a while for the penny to drop.

“Everyone else with a horse by The Factor think they are typical sprinters but this horse has taken me a little bit longer to work out that he just wants a bit of distance.

“He is going along good and he hasn’t taken a backward step since his win the other day.

“The race doesn’t look overly strong and if he is any good, he should be able to account for them.’’

Another rock solid winning chance on the card for Nestor is Princess Factor, also by The Factor and out of a half-sister to NZ Group 1 winner, Lord Majestic who raced on 126 occasions.

“She was fat as mud when she won at Narromine and there was a hell of a lot improvement left in her after that run and I am tickled pink with the way she has gone on,’’ Nestor said.

Trainer Matthew Dunn says Ballina certainly won’t be unfamiliar territory for his mare Catch A Thought who has visited there twice already.Source:Supplied



It’s been a long time coming but Tuesday is the day that Matthew Dunn can finally show the world what Catch A Thought is made off.

The Ballina bound mare is a daughter of dual Cox Plate winner So You Think out of the Irish-bred import Catching Moonbeams whose nine foals include Purely Atomic, a minor stakeswinner in South Africa.

On top of that, Dunn’s mare is a grand-daughter of Imperial Beauty who won the coveted Prix de l’Abbaye in France and whose presence provides Catch A Thought with a double-cross of the immortal, Sadler’s Wells.

All this for $60,000 at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in 2018.

‘’The owners have had to be patient with her,’’ Dunn says. “She has mad maturity issues right through but finally she is going to get there so it’s exciting because she is a nice mare.

“She has been around a long time and has had a few preparations now so even though she is a first starter, she has had the experience that’s for sure.’’

Ballina certainly won’t be unfamiliar territory for Catch A Thought who has visited there twice already.

Dunn’s mare came from off speed to win a 1010m Heat there on November 13 returning 10-days later to win her second trial from basically on-speed, three wide on the bend and plenty up the sleeve at the finish.

That versatility and track experience could prove vital in Tuesday’s ZZZ FM Maiden Plate also over the 1010m owing to the fact that catch A Thought will jump from barrier 10.

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“I hope we can be reasonably close on Monday. The gate is a bit awkward but I am hoping she can find a spot maybe first three or four and not too far away from the fence.’’

With such a fantastic mix of speed and stamina, Catch A Thought should be able to run a slick 1000m this time with the promise of more to come as her career develops.

“I think she would get a mile,’’ Dunn said. “She has got the shape of a horse that probably would.’’

Originally published asDubbo preview: Chance for Nestor filly to make amends

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