FORMER Victorian galloper Nielson delivered a workmanlike effort to break his maiden status over 1150 metres at Spreyton today.
Nielson made his Tasmanian debut two weeks ago with an eye-catching fourth against a strong maiden line-up after which his trainer Adam Trinder declared he had done well enough to win today.
Talented young Victorian apprentice Beau Mertens was given the responsibility of partnering the gelded son of Lonhro and he did it with aplomb.
Mertens sent Nielson forward from a good gate (2) to lead comfortably and allowed him more rein approaching the home turn.
When he called on Nielson for the big effort the gelding sped clear and had plenty in reserve as he strolled to a 1-1/2 length win over Becerikli with Tara’s Gem a closing third.
Nielson had two starts in Victoria for trainer Mick Kent for two unplaced efforts and was subsequently placed on the market.
Trinder was campaigning Valiant Warrior in Melbourne and was staying at Kent’s stables where he took a shine to Nielson so when he heard the horse was for sale he purchased him for $6000 and now part-owns the gelding in partnership with Martin Louth.
Trinder also saddled up the second race winner in first-starter Jerilderie Letter, also with apprentice Beau Mertens aboard.
Jerilderie Letter (Bushranger-Pirate’s Sirene) is a half-brother to Trinder’s classy mare California Wish but the trainer says the similarities stop at the bloodlines.
The three-year-old gelding settled nearer to last while the favourite Gee Gees Blondie shared the lead with Charge Your Glass that was having its first start in Tasmania and first-starter Aerosport was caught three-wide early before slotting in to take cover to the home turn.
Gee Gees Blondie kicked clear at the top of the home straight but when Mertens called on Jerilderie Letter to extend he rattled home and went on to defeat the favourite by two lengths with Poacher’s Son only a nose away third
C/o Peter Staples.