Nelson to keep the winners flowing
Tracey Bartley has given new apprentice Joel Nelson an ideal opportunity to keep the winners rolling with his engagement for Chatterchic at Warren on Saturday.
The 19-year-old four-kilogram claimer broke his maiden status when partnering the Bartley-trained French Academy to victory at Parkes last Sunday and followed up with another win aboard the Peter Cornish-trained Corley Moor at Orange on Tuesday.
Nelson started his career with Kris Lees at Newcastle.
“He’s a good kid, hopefully he can get a go out here in the country,” Bartley said.
“Getting four kilos off Chatterchic will help her no end.”
The five-year-old mare tackles the Town & Country Real Estate & Stock Services Benchmark 55 Hcp (1400m).
After Nelson’s claim, Chatterchic carries 57kg.
Bartley said the weight relief was vital to the mare’s chances.
“She’s not overly-big and has trouble carrying big weights,” he said.
“Every time I’ve put a senior jockey on her with 57 or 58 kilos, she gets beat but with a kid aboard she’s a different proposition.
“The mare has been very consistent, solid without winning, it surely must be about her time.
“She’s down a bit in grade, drawn well (barrier three) and while she’s never won over 1400 metres, I think she’ll handle it tomorrow.
“Joel should have her leading or just outside the leader.
“She’ll be hard to beat.”
Chatterchic, with five wins and 15 placings from 37 starts, is raced by Norm Stern, his wife Cheryl Hamilton-Stern and John and Robyn Robinson.
The daughter of Marechal was a last-start third to Shot Putt and Dane’s Jewel in a 1300m Benchmark 65 race at Parkes last Sunday.
She has recorded three placings from her past four starts including a solid long head second to Asabelly in a strong 1300m Benchmark 55 event at Scone on September 12 when nabbed near the post.
“I normally space her runs which keeps her happy but she’s done well in the stable since Parkes,” Bartley said.
“Backing up shouldn’t be a problem.”