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Nicconi Likely To Retire To Stud
Immediately after the King's Stand stakes, Australian trainer David Hayes said Gr1-winning 4YO Australian sprinter Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) is now likely to be retired to stud. Last month NSW Hunter Valley-based Widden Stud announced Nicconi will stand there later this year at an initial service fee of $22,000. Nicconi began slowly last night & raced at the rear of the field most of the way; he was still 6-lengths behind leader Equiano as they entered the final furlong. Nicconi finished quickly, making up 5-lengths & Hayes commented: "Frankie (Dettori the jockey) said he probably could have got a place, but the horse just didn't travel. He needed 6 or 7 furlongs today. We will sleep on it, but I think he will probably be retired now. He is a tremendous stallion prospect back home. Obviously I am disappointed that he didn't win, but at the same time he didn't run terribly." Nicconi (a half-brother to 5-time Gr1-winner Niconero) boasts 6 wins (including January's Gr1 Lightning Stakes over 1000m at Flemington, plus 2009's Gr1 The Galaxy over 1100m at Randwick, Gr3 McEwen Stakes over 1000m at Moonee Valley & Listed Wellington RC Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield) & 4 placings (including 2009's Gr1 Manikato Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley, Gr2 D'Urban Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield & Listed Darby Munro Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill, plus 2008's Gr3 Danehill Stakes over 1200m at Flemington) from 14 starts for over $1 million earnings (after last night's minor prize).