A time for Nisbet to shine
Canberra based trainer John Nisbet will head to Sydney tomorrow with visions of the future with staying prospect Diamondsinthenight.
Having proven a revelation over the middle distances in recent outings Nisbet admits he was a very hard horse to first gauge when he came to him in April from the Anthony Cumming's stable.
"I struggled to get a handle on the horse when I first got him," Nisbet said.
"He was sort of getting back and getting home late when everything was already over and done with.
"But when we stepped him up in distance and elected to ride him more aggressively he certainly has turned it around."
Notching up his maiden victory on the Acton track two starts back Diamondsinthenight would go on to prove ultra impressive when streaking his rivals last start when having no concerns with the step up in grade.
"When he won two back he was forced to sit wide and never really travelled but the other day he jumped straight into the bit and did everything he had to do," Nisbet said.
"He ran time and won with ease and had it been run on a grass track you would head up to Sydney fairly confident he would run a bit of race.
"We're facing a completely different set of conditions up there tomorrow so we'll just have to wait and see.
"Obviously the level of horses he beat last start aren't at the same level of the ones he faces on Saturday but he did beat them easily."
Currently rated one of the extreme outsiders in Saturday's affair Nisbet is hoping he can acquit himself well although he is concerned about him coming to the end of his preparation.
"I really like the horse it's just he is deep into his preparation, he's had a lot of racing," Nisbet said.
"It certainly wouldn't surprise me to see him run out of his skin on Saturday.
"He's got the pedigree to back him up it's not like we are going up to Sydney with a horse who is poorly bred."
Electing to spell the son of Fastnet Rock after tomorrow's race Nisbet said he is really looking forward to his next preparation.
"He's still a bit of an unknown quality and really looking forward to his next preparation now we have him figured out," Nisbet said.
"He's a beautiful horse, they gelded him quite late so he can get a bit cranky at times but he is getting better in his new environment.
"He's got a great constitution and I really think we'll see the best of him next time in."