Fully Maxed Win At Sandown

Jul 20, 2017

The Shane Nichols trained Fully Maxed came from nowhere at Ladbrokes Park Hillside on Wednesday in the Yarramalong Racing Club Handicap over 1000m to claim a very impressive victory first-up this campaign.

Ridden by Jack Martin the two-year-old looked lost during the race before switching on down the straight and motoring away from them with Martin saying "he let rip."

Nichols was very pleased with the win as he continues his excellent season that has seen him break through to the top level as a Group 1 winning trainer as well as a host of other winners.

"At the half way mark he looked like he just hadn't gathered his feet and then once he balanced up gee he rocketed to the line," Nichols said after the race.

"He's probably had a few more starts than I would normally give a horse like him but we had to sort of go through a bit of a process with him and once we put the crossover (noseband) on and he won at Seymour and won really well that day then just jarred up at Mornington so we gave him a break.

"He'd been faultless this time in but I think he is probably still a bit new today so probably still a bit of improvement to come so good time to head to maybe the early part of the spring.

"We have had a big opinion of him the whole way through so it was great to see him win that well as that is one of the best wins you would see by a two-year-old."

Jack Martin was excellent aboard Fully Maxed and was happy with the win after coming off two placing's from four rides the day before at Geelong.

"The first couple furlongs I was a bit worried they sort of scooted along and he was sort of a bit out of his comfort zone but got down the hill and really come up to the pack and probably handy out there being in the best part of the ground and he went away from them," Martin said.

"Shane is a pretty good judge and he said he's flying and he's been a pretty good supporter of mine so it's good to pay him back with a winner.

"Onwards and upwards for him."

Fully Maxed is by Reward For Effort and is out of the Alert mare, Out Of Credit. Shane Nichols purchased Fully Maxed for $60,000 out of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and syndicated him to his clients at cost.

The Vobis Gold bonuses for this event of $43,750 takes his over all prize money to over the $70,000 mark and there looks to be a lot more in store for the owners who are involved.

Fully Maxed has now won two races from six starts and looks as though he is in for a great preparation that will take him into his early three-year-old season.


Story by Todd Blum Bloodstock