Losing grades lures Nicolini Vito and Helene Leadingstar to Sydney

Always on the lookout for Sydney options for the Lindsay Park team, Victorian coach Ben Hayes couldn’t resist a trip north to Randwick with Nicolini Vito and former Hong Kong regular Helene Leadingstar on Saturday.

The couple will be Lindsay Park’s second Sydney project this season following Lady Of Honor’s unplaced stint at the Golden Eagle, but they could become more regular.

Nicolini Vito starts from the outside to win at Flemington last month.

Nicolini Vito starts from the outside to win at Flemington last month.Credit:race photos

“It’s about the right races at the right time and I think we’ve found it for these two horses,” said Hayes, who trains in partnership with his brother JD.

“We always look to Sydney, but it’s a trip not to be wasted; If you decide to go there, it must be at the right time.

“Sydney is offering Melbourne different races and we were looking for a 2000m race with Helen Leadingstar in third place and it was there with a drop in incline while with Nicolini Vito it seems easier in Sydney this week, than competing against some the better horses are coming back next week for the autumn in the Dillon Stakes in Melbourne.”

Nicolini Vito was backed from $8 to $4 to challenge Titanium Power for preference in the listed Carrington Stakes as his preparation, which began at the Flemington Carnival, comes to an end.

He won the 1400m at Flemington before Christmas before falling wide of the trap of sixth in the Chester Manifold Stakes on New Year’s Day in a race that saw Carrington finish second in the topweight Looks Like Elvis.

“He had a really good preparation and didn’t have the best of luck on the last start,” said Hayes.

“These races are his level. We looked at the Dillon but this race seemed like a better option just because it’s a bit easier and he came in well.

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Ryan Sederquist

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