FIRST-UP WIN NOT BEYOND NISBET'S EXPECTATIONs
By Simon Dinopoulos
A fantastic record fresh leaves Canberra based trainer John Nisbet confident his consistent galloper Beyond Expectation can return to the winners stall when he lines up at Canberra this Friday.
Not seen at the racetrack since June this year after failing in the heavy conditions at the Sapphire Coast, Nisbet will be hoping Beyond Expectation can continue his impressive record fresh having claimed three wins and one minor placing from just five attempts.
"His record fresh is great he's won three of five and only just got beaten at Gundagai over 1000m the other time which wasn't really his go and the day he finished unplaced in town he probably wasn't going well enough for that and the rain prior to the race didn't help him," Nisbet said.
"He's done the work, he's dynamite fresh and just so long as there isn't much rain I expect him to go very very close."
Also nominated to run at Warwick Farm this Saturday, Nisbet felt he was far better suited racing back at his home track.
"I was only lukewarm on the idea of running him in town on Saturday, the owner was keen to nominate him in case it wasn't that strong but it looked a bit tough for me," Nisbet said.
"My only concern for Friday is that there is a bit of speed engaged which is a little bit of worry because he is a horse that has to be right up near the lead."
Nisbet's daughter Kayla will continue her great association with the son of Bold Expectation having ridden him to five of his ten career victories.
"She's got a great association with the horse, she rides him every single morning and has won on him a number of times," Nisbet said.
"She'll look to bounce him up on the lead and I'm sure he won't be far away."
Although admitting the amount of speed in the race does remain a concern, Nisbet remains adamant he is not going to change his racing pattern.
"He's a natural runner and has to be up near the lead, he actually likes to do a bit of work and be up in their faces," Nisbet said.
"Although there is a speed in the race that won't change the way we ride him we'll roll forward regardless."