Saturday can’t come around quick enough for the Bunbury Members No.1 Syndicate, as they make the pilgrimage to watch their horse Niccovi take her place in the $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m).
This time last year 20 Bunbury Turf Club (BTC) members formed a syndicate prior to the Perth Magic Millions Sale and set their sights on the stunning Nicconi ex Fully Chargeable filly, and the plan went to script with the winning bidder — Ascot trainer Simon A. Miller — agreeing to allow them to secure 10% in the $200,000 purchase.
And now that filly Niccovi is being sent out the $2.20 favourite in one of the most sought after two-year-old events on the WA racing calendar.
“She’s a very good filly,” Miller told TABradio on Wednesday morning.
“She trialled up really good. I worked her with an older horse on Tuesday and she had her covered, so that’s always a good sign going back in to taking on two-year-olds.”
Niccovi, who was at the end of her preparation when a beaten $1.95 favourite on debut in the Initial Plate at Belmont back on October 6, stretched out stylishly when shading the very well-regarded Crystal Slipper Stakes winner — and Magic Millions $2.90 second favourite — Jericho Missile in Heat 3 (950m) at the Lark Hill barrier trials on January 29.
“The trial was super and the blinkers (on first time) were good,” Miller added.
“It was late what I was certainly impressed with when she speared through the line.”
BTC CEO Alex Doble is hopeful the Bunbury Members No.1 Syndicate will be the first of many involving BTC members.
“We have a waiting list of members who missed out on a share in Niccovi,” Doble said.
“We see this as part of our role as a race club to introduce new people into horse ownership. The syndicate is represented by 20 current Bunbury Turf Club Members, many of which are first-time owners.
“We own 10% of Niccovi but we will experience 100% of the excitement of having a runner in the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic this Saturday.”