Tough filly Nicci’s Fling chasing breakthrough win at Randwick

Tough filly Nicci’s Fling just keeps coming back for more and trainer Gary Portelli is keen to see the three-year-old finally get her reward at Randwick this Saturday.

His daughter of Nicconi steps out in the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap (1400m) at NSW headquarters for her eighth run this time campaign.

During that stretch she’s finished fourth in a Listed Canberra Guineas and in a Group 3 JB Carr Stakes as well as runner-up in the restricted Listed Inglis Guineas last start behind Midland.

“She has been knocking on the door long enough,” Portelli said.

“She certainly hasn't gone backwards and has been up for a while but every time I think that will do her, she puts her head back in the feed bin.

“Her last three runs I have done that and she just keeps coming back for more.

“Every time I turn her out, she turns up so I am not concerned where she is at.”

Last start Nicci’s Fling finished less than a length off Midland, who is set to be one of main contenders to Ayrton in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic at Eagle Farm this Saturday.

Trainer Gary Portelli is hoping for better luck with Nicci’s Fling. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Portelli’s filly had to wait patiently for a run and followed the winner through a gap in the straight when entering the straight.

“Hopefully she can get a bit more luck,” Portelli said.

“The other day she was held up for a couple of strides and I don‘t know if she would have won, but she would have finished a lot closer.

“This looks to be a nice race for her and with maybe a shower predicted, the track will be slightly more to her liking.”

Nicci’s Fling is rated $7 with TAB fixed odds and has Rachel King booked to ride.

Portelli also has Disruptor ($21) in the Uphire Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m) later on the card. The four-year-old has drawn awkwardly in barrier 14.

“He is drawn badly so I am going to experiment with him on Saturday and ride him back,” Portelli said.

Originally published asTrainer keen to reward filly for autumn Fling

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