Seymour Double For Nichols

Mar 10, 2017

Shane Nichols travelled to Seymour with two horse's in the float and made the return trip to Mornington with two winners tied up in the back. Fully Maxed stepped out in the second race of the day and claimed the win in the JBL Catering 2YO Maiden Plate over 1200m. While Darcionic tasted success later in the day in the 4KM Colour Dash March 25 BM58 Highweight Handicap over 2200m.

Fully Maxed was having his fourth career start and was admittedly "thrown in the deep end" at the start of his career by Nichols.

"Yeah we think this horse is going to be a proper horse so we did put him in those high quality races like the Merson Copper and the Inglis two-year-old race because he was ready and the races were there," Nichols said.

"The 1200m last start when he was fresh was probably a little too far for as he was looking for 1000m but then backing up into this today suited.

"We think he will get out a little in trip and the Mornington Sires that is coming up in a fortnight will really suit this horse and we head there believing he will be really competitive."

Fully Maxed was a $60,000 purchase by Shane Nichols out of the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling and is by the Chatswood based, Reward for Effort, and out of the Alert mare, Out Of Credit. 

In the fifth on the card Darcionic went in as favourite and didn't disappoint the punters as he ran away from them with high-weight specialist, Clayton Douglas, in the saddle.

"Darcionic is a horse that we have given plenty of time to develop because he was quite an immature horse," added Nichols.

"The owners have been very patient with him so its nice to get the win here and we have no doubt that he will be able to step up to the 64 grade and will race over 2400m.

"We've given him plenty of work over the jumps and we've found that is something he really enjoys."

Darcionic was purchased by Nichols out of the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale for $55,000 and has now won two races.

It was also a double for Clayton Douglas who rode Bouffon to victory in the other high-weight race on the day.

Shane Nichols also saddled up Ocean Magic to finish a close second in the first race at the twilight meeting at Pakenham which would have given him three winners from three staters for the day.

The stable will be looking for more success when I Am A Star runs tomorrow in the Group 2 TAB Kewney Stakes with Dean Yendall, who rode I Am A Star in her Group 1 Myer Classic win, regaining the ride.

"She is in outstanding condition and in a race that will really suit her!"


Story by Todd Blum Bloodstock