23rd July 2020 Boom filly Kisukano on trial for Sydney
Boom filly Kisukano will be on trial for a Sydney trip when she bids for her fifth win in six starts at Doomben on Saturday.
Kisukano will have her second start this campaign in the QTIS Two-Year-Old Fillies Handicap (1200m) after making a brilliant comeback when she won by more than three lengths at the Sunshine Coast on July 11.
The daughter of Bel Esprit is the only two-year-old to lower the colours of another boom youngster Rothfire when she claimed the QTIS Jewel at the Gold Coast in March.
Since his QTIS Jewel victory, Rothfire went on to win the Group 2 Champagne Classic and Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm during the recent Brisbane winter carnival.
Kisukano - who has drawn barrier two - was allotted topweight of 63.5kgs but Nolan has booked three kilo claiming apprentice Alex Patis to offset her huge weight.
“She’s got to beat these if she’s to go to Sydney,” Nolan said.
“If she does, we’ll take her down for the Silver Shadow Stakes.”
Nolan hasn’t ruled extending Kisukano’s campaign in the south but will be guided by her performance if she makes it to the Silver Shadow Stakes.
“If she happened to go well in the Silver Shadow, we might look at staying on as there’s a lot of races to suit her down there,” Nolan said.
Nolan’s biggest win of his career was with former star sprinter Laurie’s Lottery who won the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in 1999.
Nolan admitted it was a big call to replace jockey Mark Du Plessis, who has ridden Kisukano in four of her five starts - including the QTIS Jewel.
“It was a hard decision to break up a successful combination but we had no alternative with the weight she received,” he said.
Patis has transferred her indentures to the training partnership of Tony Sears and daughter Maddy in Toowoomba.
“Alex has ridden for me before and she’s moving up here to finish her apprenticeship and she’s seems to be switched on,” Nolan said.
Nolan is not concerned about a weather forecast for some rain in Brisbane as Kisukano has won on both soft and heavy going.
“I’d prefer her to be on a good track but it won’t worry her if there’s some rain as she has won in the wet,” he said.