Another two-year-old race, another Simon Miller-trained winner.
After saluting with Amelia’s On Fire last week, it was Niccovi’s turn this week in the Sign On Group Plate (1100m).
Niccovi was sent out a short-price favourite, following her game second to Jericho Missile in the Magic Millions a fortnight ago and she didn’t let her followers down.
Jockey Patrick Carbery was positive on the Nicconi filly from the inside barrier, settling outside the leader Tajmali.
However, Niccovi was made to work for the victory in the home straight, as top-weight Prim And Proper loomed up and appeared to hit the front in the closing stages.
The pair put a significant gap on the rest of the runners, headed by Let’s Rock in third place.
Carbery said Niccovi still had a lot to learn before the feature two-year-old races next month.
“She got headed and I think that was the thing that helped her,” he told The Races WA.
“When she got headed she had something to chase, much the same as the Magic Millions where she hit the front and floated a bit.
“I held on for as long as I could but she really floated and wanted to run around.
“She’s still raw and very green but she has got a lot of ability.
“Whatever she does this prep, I think she’s going to be a better horse as a three-year-old.”
Meanwhile, Fairview has caused a minor boilover in taking out the David Rudland 60th Birthday Handicap (1000m).
Seven Castles was the short-price favourite, but Fairview was able to settle on his back and get home much the better.
Olga Louisa finished second, while Seven Castles could only manage a fourth placing.