Pike knows family so well

Nomisma (Kelly McCulloch) winning well at Hastings today,

Nomisma (Kelly McCulloch) winning well at Hastings today,

Tony Pike knows Nomisma’s family so well he believes she is capable of emulating the deeds of her older brother.

The Cambridge trainer produced the daughter of Thorn Park for a first-up success in the Bay Ford NZ Punter the Year 1200 at Hastings today for breeder-owner Simms Davison, of Mapperley Stud.

“We’ve always thought that she was a Group class mare and once the penny really drops with her then there’s a nice race in her,” said Pike.

Pike trained her sibling Sacred Park to win three of his eight starts as a three-year-old, including the Gr.2 Wellington Guineas and the Gr.3 Bonecrusher Stakes, before the horse was relocated to Hong Kong where he raced as Joyful Park.

Nomisma appreciated the hot early tempo set up by Morse Code today and she was able to reel in the on-speed runners with a strong finishing burst from the top of the straight.

“The pace suited her and it was just a case of her picking them up and then fighting off the favourite,” said Kelly McCulloch, who picked up the ride when Leith Innes was unable to make the 54kg.

Nomisma posted the fourth win of her 13 start career at the expense of Let Her Rip, who also settled off the speed, and third placegetter Mr Knowitall was another to be doing his best work late to complete the trifecta for Cambridge stables.

The five-year-old is now an $18 chance in the early market for the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton on November 9.

– NZ Racing Desk.