It's no Oaks, but Nina peaks at Pakenham

Apr 06, 2017

Stepping out for the first time since running in the Crown Oaks, Nina Peak showed she might have the class to compete at the top level once more with a booming maiden win at Park on Thursday night.

The Robbie Laing-trained filly had late support in the market compared to drifting favourite Reacher(fifth), and with the latter off the bit before the home straight, the only one Nina Peak and Arron Lynchhad to catch was Toorak Belle.

And with the Ian Hutchins-trained leader weakening, Nina Peak cruised up for what was an impressive 2.5-length win in the Momentum Gaming Maiden Plate (1400m) over what could yet prove to be a less-than-ideal trip.

Nina Peak ran eighth in the Group 1 Oaks as a 200-1 shot back in November, when on that occasion, the runaway leader Lasqueti Spirit could not be caught.

Lasqueti Spirit and Harlow Gold - the Oaks quinella - as well as last-placegetter Lamma Hilton are all contesting Saturday's $1million Australian Oaks (2400m), of those to have also run in the Oaks at Flemington.

But connections of Nina Peak were thrilled the Laing-trained filly bounced off that Oaks run with an impressive first-up performance on Thursday.

"She's come to the outside and hit the line well," Lynch said.

"I learnt my lesson here last week [on Ridgway]. Just come to the outside and if you've got the horse underneath you, you can do that.

"There was good pace up front I thought. I just had her on the bit travelling, just waiting to straighten up and then hit the line.

"Yeah definitely she'll want further, and the further she goes, the better she'll get."

Story by Luke Sheehan for / Image: Racing Photos