Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan marvels at the fact his filly Kisukano can pass $1 million in earnings on Saturday after just over a year’s racing.
Kisukano can join The Odyssey as the winner of both the 2YO and 3YO The Jewel races at the Gold Coast.
Last year Kisukano caused one of the biggest upsets in recent Queensland racing history when she beat the $1.20 chance Rothfire in the 2YO The Jewel.
The 3YO race this year is a far more open affair but things are starting to line up once again for the filly.
Kisukano has won six of her 11 starts and has $707,000 in earnings. A win on Saturday will lift her into the millionaire’s club with an extra $300,000 in the bank.
Nolan said it was a testament to the importance of the QTIS racing scheme in Queensland. (QTIS is a big money bonus scheme for horses who are in effect Queensland bred.)
“You have to remember Kisukano didn’t have her first start until February last year,” Nolan said.
“I can only marvel at the fact she could win a million dollars in just over a year.”
“It once took Queensland horses years and dozens of starts to pass a million dollars.”
“It has been said plenty of times but it is worth saying again how important QTIS is to racing here.”
Nolan has been in Queensland’s top trainers since he won the 1999 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 with Lauries Lottery, who also won Group races in Sydney.
Since then he has had many top horses including Jumbo Prince, Prince Hakeem, Tis Love, Princess Margaret and Upstart Pride to name a few.
However, he won’t be drawn into comparing Kisukano with them.
Kisukano returns after winning the Aquis QTIS 2YO Jewel. Photo: AAP Image/Glenn HuntSource:AAP
“Let’s put it this way. She is very good and when she has been beaten there have been excuses,” he said.
Nolan said an example was Kisukano’s last start when she was fourth in a three-year-old event at the Sunshine Coast two weeks.
“Mark (jockey Du Plessis) said she was travelling well when the horse inside her fired up and pushed her out deep,” Nolan said.
“It meant she had no cover and she did have 61kgs. She was entitled to get beaten a long way but finished fourth just under two lengths behind the winner.”
Nolan said Kisukano had continued to improve since the Sunshine Coast run.
“‘Her work has been strong and she looks to be feeling good,” he said.
“She has drawn barrier three and drops six kilos in weight. There’s a few things lining up our way.”
Nolan said he hadn’t been considering the fact the Gold Coast will be a wet surface on Saturday.
“It shouldn’t disadvantage her. She has won on both soft and heavy tracks.”
“But then again she has won four races on good tracks.”
“I think the thing with wet tracks is the weight they have to carry. She drops down to 55kgs which is a help.”
Kisukano was bred by Nolan’s long term owners the Reeves family who race the filly in a syndicate mainly made up of Nolan’s school friends from his days at Marist Ashgrove in Brisbane.
“They will all be there Saturday so one thing is certain – win, lose or draw we will be having a drink afterwards,” Nolan said.
Originally published asKisukano chasing back-to-back upsets on QTIS Jewel day
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