Niab handled the step up in distance with ease when he took out the Employsure Qtis Three Year Old Benchmark Sixty Five Handicap at Ipswich Turf Club today. The son of promising young stallion Pride Of Dubai had always shown Team Guy that he would appreciate a longer distance but it was just a matter of waiting for the right opportunity to do so and today was the right race. Ridden by Ben Thompson the gelding began well from barrier two before settling third the fence behind the stable mate Eagle Forever before Thompson was able to get out at the right time and chase the stable mate down in the last One Hundred and Fifty metres and score by just under Two Lengths.
Winning Co Trainer Bryan Guy went into today’s race confident that both of the stables horses would be hard to beat and he was proven right when his two chargers cleared out from the top of the straight to make it a two horse race “I thought they both had good chances and I didn’t think there was much between them, it’s unfortunate it was the right race for both of them. Ironically it’s not the first time Niab has got the upper hand on a stable mate as he did it first up this prep as well. I think he will go further and I have to also thank Ben for another good ride, we seem to be building up a bit of a partnership at the moment hopefully the good run can continue”
As Co Trainer Bryan Guy mentioned Niab’s win continued a successful partnership between the stable and jockey Ben Thompson who was having his second ride on the gelding today “I came into today’s race with an air of confidence on his last run which I thought was good in a stronger race. I suggested to Bryan and Daniel to take the blinkers off and step him up and thankfully I got it right. He is a nice improving type of horse that is going in the right direction.”
Niab is raced by the Bain Family whom have had several horses over the years with Team Guy and Co Trainer Daniel Guy thinks this one might have the most upside given he still has to mature both mentally and physically “He is still a bit of a big kid but he is heading in the right direction and looks like he could make a handy stayer and hopefully deliver the Bain Family a nice city class stayer. He can get a bit hot at the races but today he was perfect so it shows he is learning his craft with each run and that is usually a sign of a promising horse.”
Should anybody have any enquires about having a horse trained by Bryan or Daniel Guy please call Bryan 0418 410 818 or Daniel 0417 281 381 for further information.