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Nielsen Loves To Rayce by the Gurkha

Talented apprentice Rayce Nielsen continued on in winning form with a classy brace of wins at the Coolgardie Race Clubs meeting, last Sunday.

Nielsen has been in brilliant form on the old course since returning from an enforced six weeks break after he fractured a rib during a training mishap at Ascot racecourse.

The apprentice resumed and won on Miss Heineken for Dan Morton on June 17 and then matched that win aboard Albertani for Merv Dellar a fortnight ago.

But on Sunday he combined with Dean Nazzari to score on Inform and Octagene, before narrowly going down on Joyeux to miss a trio of wins.

The feat was good enough to secure the Player Jockey Challenge win, after Peter Knuckey was heavily commissioned to capture the competition.

Nielsen is apprenticed to Mike Storer but has transferred up to Kalgoorlie to ride work for Dean Nazzari.

“My former boss Mike Storer was cutting back and suggested I look around for a busier stable to ride for.” Nielsen told The Gurkha. “Dean was looking for a jockey to replace Eddie Creighton and I jumped at the chance.”

“The stable is firing and Dean came back from Perth on the weekend with the stable stars Brother Patrick, Hiatus and Carla.”

Nielsen used all of his renowned vigour to lift Inform home in a close three way finish and then showed good judgment to lead all of the way on the former Brett Pope trained gelding Octagene.

“Inform deserved that win and should go on with it now he has broken his maiden. Octagene had been working well since coming here from the metro area and his style of racing suits Kalgoorlie. Joyeux was a massive effort and was a bit stiff not to have made it three for the stable.”

Nielsen was also full of praise for the unlucky Hilarion who monstered home into fourth place behind Flirtino.

“He seemed to get on his wrong leg and ended up really wide but when he got going again he was very impressive.” Nielsen concluded.