Jockey Nikita Beriman is confident that My Paisann will prove extremely tough to beat when she takes her place in the Listed VRC Winter Championship Final field at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday afternoon.
My Paisann has only had three starts in Australia since he transferred to the care of Mornington trainer Lisa Enright form his native New Zealand, but has shown plenty of class and ability and has more than handled a continual step up in class.
Beriman was aboard the Roc De Cambes gelding when he flew home to win the Securecorp Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield last weekend and is confident that he will be right in the finish of the Winter Championship Final this weekend.
“The Grand Final is next week, so this was an added bonus,” Beriman told Racing Victoria after Saturday’s race.
“I actually went down and galloped this horse on Wednesday and was rewarded with the ride today (Saturday), so I’m happy to stay on board.
“I did get a little bit excited at the 100, but I heard Beau coming and he ran tremendous race, so you have to be happy with that.”
My Paisann began his racing career under the guidance of Nigel Tiley in early 2016 and stamped himself as one to watch when debuting for fourth amongst notable company in the Te Aroha Maiden (1000m).
Progressing to an impressive win in a Te Rapa maiden race over 1200m in March, My Paisann made a commendable transition to black type company when fifth behind the likes of La Luna Rossa , El Sicario and Saracino in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Running fifth in the Listed Champagne Stakes (1600m) in his only other start in New Zealand, the gelding out of Florella spent more than a year away from competition after transferring to Australia and undergoing a procedure to remove bone chips from his offside knee.
The 2017 VRC Winter Championships Final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.