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Nicconi "Exhilarating" In Final Gallop Before Royal Ascot
Australian Gr1-winning 4YO sprinter Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) confirmed his position as 4-1 favourite for next Tuesday's UK Gr1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot by "completing his preparation for the 5 furlong contest with an exhilarating display under big-race jockey Frankie Dettori on the Al Bahathri Polytrack" overnight, reported racingpost.com. Nicconi (who won January's Gr1 Lightning Stakes over 1000m at Flemington in Melbourne) worked on his own under Dettori & Australian trainer David Hayes enthused: "We had intended working on Wednesday morning, but Frankie wasn't available then so we brought his gallop forward a day. He worked over 5 furlongs & quickened up in the last 400 yards & really stretched. That was his last serious piece of work & we are very happy with him."