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Woodside Secure Share In Exciting Snitzel Colt
Woodside Park Stud yesterday announced that they have acquired an interest in one of the most exciting and possibly best pedigreed 2YO colts in Australia - Nikitas, the Snitzel half-brother to the Ciaron Maher trained VRC Oaks winner Jameka. Trained in Queensland by Kelso Wood, Nikitas burst onto the scene as an early 2YO in December of last year winning a $72,000 race on debut at Doomben by an impressive 5 lengths, making him look a real contender for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. His second start was in the Gr3 Bruce McLachlan Stakes at the Gold Coast where he ran a credible third to Zelady's Night Out and Slumber Party en route to the $2 million feature. On Magic Millions day Nikitas was backed into second favourite behind super colt Capitalist (Written Tycoon) and he didn't disappoint, defeating all but Capitalist who was just too slick for him over 1200m. "We were obviously cheering on Capitalist in the Magic Millions Classic as he is by our great stallion Written Tycoon, but we had our eyes fixed on Nikitas as well, as we saw his impressive debut at Doomben and looked up his pedigree back then and said wow!" Said Woodside Park Stud's Matt Tillett. Kelso Wood explained before the Magic Millions Classic that Nikitas would ideally be suited over further than 1200m but his raw talent encouraged him to run in the feature race. "I am very excited about this horse," Wood said. "I believe he has the same kind of ability Sizzling [Gr1 winner] did. But Sizzling was a horse we had a lot of issues with. This fellow is pretty bombproof." Like Wood's other star 2YO colt by Snizel, Sizzling, the grand final this season for Nikitas will be the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on 11 June. Nikitas is the third foal from the well related General Nediym mare Mine Game and was bred by one of Australia's leading nurseries in Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm. "Mine Game was a Melbourne city winner herself and has hopefully produced two superstars from her first three foals, but like many of Gilgai's mares, she comes from a huge black-type international family further back", Tillett added. "The original owners are an impressive group of three very successful horse owners and businesspeople so we are delighted they have welcomed us to join them in racing such an exciting prospect". Nikitas is expected to embark on a similar campaign to young stallion prospects Press Statement, Brazen Beau and Woodside's own Zoustar in the coming months. The Gr2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on 14 May is a likely target followed by the Gr2 QTC Sires Produce (1350m) at Doomben on 28 May, before his first Gr1 test in the JJ Atkins (formerly the TJ Smith) over 1600m at Eagle Farm on 11 June.