Gary Portelli really wants Nicci's Gold to earn black type, but he knows it might come with consequences for his own stable.
"Maybe I shouldn't win with her," the Warwick Farm trainer joked over the imminent retirement question connections are pondering.
But what he is sure about is that the four-year-old mare is more than capable of notching a first stakes win in the listed Winter Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, a race in which she will start among the favourites.
The winner of six races could be sent to the breeding barn as early as next season if she can add some value to her pedigree page a fortnight after finishing just a length shy of Gaulois when fourth in the Civic Stakes.
It would be the exclamation mark on her career that connections crave on top of almost $400,000 in prizemoney to date.
Nicci's Gold will spearhead Portelli's two-pronged attack on the race, which will also include Testashadow trying to break a winless run stretching back to December 2017.
I think she proved last week even to me – I was still a bit skeptical myself – that had she any luck she finishes in the top three.
Asked whether Nicci's Gold was ready to win at stakes level, Portelli said: "I think she proved last week even to me – I was still a bit skeptical myself – that had she any luck she finishes in the top three and gets that black type that every mare needs.
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