Nigelissima to join Busuttin – Young stable

Nigelissima (Vinnie Colgan) beating Highly Likely (inner) at Awapuni last October. (Photo: Race Images, PN).

Nigelissima (Vinnie Colgan) beating Highly Likely (inner) at Awapuni last October. (Photo: Race Images, PN).

Cambridge mare Nigelissima will leave next week for an extended campaign in Melbourne.

A stakes winner from David and Emma-Lee Browne’s stable, the Pentire six-year-old will join the Cranbourne team of former Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

“It’s in her best interests to stay over there as long as possible and try and add some Australian black type to her record before she goes to the broodmare paddock,” said Emma-Lee Browne.

Nigelissima does hold a nomination for the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic, but Australian goals seem certain to outweigh a return to New Zealand for the Hastings feature on October 1.

Nigelissima has won three of her 21 starts and been placed on a further eight occasions.

Her major win came as a three-year-old when in her fourth start she defeated the talented stayer Show The World in the Listed Jester Pies Championship Stakes at Ellerslie. She then went on to finish fifth in both the Gr. 2 NZ Bloodstock Royal Stakes and the Gr. 2 Avondale Guineas.

Her other wins came at Te Rapa in April last year over 2400 metres and at Manawatu last October over 2300.

The Brownes gave her three runs earlier this year, all in black-type races. She was third to Watch This Space and Julinsky Prince in the Gr. 2 Windsor Park Stud Japan NZ International Trophy and fourth to Endure in the Gr. 2 Swap Manawatu Breeders Stakes before being unplaced in the Gr. 2 Travis Stakes.

Nigelissima was among the trials competitors at Te Teko yesterday when finishing unplaced in a 1200-metre heat.