Pengelly hopes Nessuno fires up
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
FORMER Gladstone jockey Brad Pengelly will be hoping the Central Queensland connection pays off when he jumps aboard Nessuno in today's Goldmarket Handicap at the Gold Coast.
Nessuno is trained by top CQ trainer John Wigginton who has aimed the classy six-year-old at the $100,000 listed feature race (1300 metres).
Pengelly was aboard Nessuno when he ran a nice third to Amex in his last start on December 17.
Even though this is a step up in grade on that last run, Nessuno has risen to the occasion before with his convincing win in the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich back in June clear evidence.
Expect Pengelly to give him a gun run, especially after Nessuno drew barrier three.
Currently Nessuno is a $9 chance on Unitab fixed odds, with the Stathi Katsidis-ridden Mitanni the fa- vourite.
Other big hopes are NSW runner Sportsman, while the hardened pair of Sir Breakfast and Devil will be right in the mix.
It promises to be an intriguing race and jumps at 4.05pm.
Pengelly was unable to add to his vast tally of winners in yesterday's New Year's Day Sunshine Coast race meeting.
He leads the jockey's premiership by a clear margin, with 27 winners, 13 clear of his nearest rival Ken Pope.