Winning Affair at Ballarat
May 14, 2017
Shane Nichols continued his excellent season on Sunday at Sportsbet-Ballarat with Malibu Affair winning the Porter Plant Maiden Plate over 1200m. It was the three-year-old's maiden victory at his 12th start with six placings coming from his first 11 races.
Jockey Lachie King, who has now won all three rides for the stable, gave Malibu Affair and excellent ride and really got him to settle towards the rear of the field before sneaking up the rail and finding a gap down the straight. Malibu Affair was able to get the split and hold on to claim the win.
"Shane gave me a call this morning and said the horse just over races so coming here today with the claim and the drop back to 1200m I thought he'd be rock hard fit and ready for the win," said King after the race.
"I thought if I could get the horse to relax amongst it with a bit of cover he should be pretty hard to beat but the way he went through that little gap was pretty impressive.
"I was hoping there was going to be plenty of pace to be honest so he'd be able to relax a bit more but there was a point just before the turn he got a bit strong and i just bring his head back in underneath me and thankfully he came back underneath me.
"He just gave me a couple lengths just to figure out what was going to happen and the way the race panned out he got a beautiful little split through the leaders and he was just ta bit too good for them."
Nichols was also pleased with the win with Malibu Affair giving him his third win in the space of a week with I Am The General winning last Sunday and Ocean Magic during the week.
"He has always been a promising horse and he is owned by some great long time owners who have been with the stable for over 30 years," said Nichols.
"Once again it was another great ride by Lachie who has ridden three from three for us now and is a young jockey with a bright future."
Malibu Affair was a $30,000 purchase from the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale by Shane Nichols and Paul Ganci. He is by Smart Missile and is out of the Malibu Moon mare, Malibu Road.
In other Shane Nichols Racing news Powermax, who was formerly trained by Nichols and was bred by long time stable clients Ray and Hilary Atchison, has flourished since being sold to Hong Kong interests. Powermax won his third race in eight starts in Hong Kong on Wednesday and two second and two third placings to go with those wins.
There are still opportunities available in some of the stable's recent purchase's which can be found by clicking here:
Story by Todd Blum Bloodstock