Kris Lees is never afraid to send a talented horse up the line to break his maiden in the country and he did it on Monday with a very nice juvenile in Luscinia, who carries the Australian Bloodstock colours .
Two year-old Nicconi gelding Luscinia was sent out favourite for the 1250m open juvenile event at Taree and he powered home from back in the field to score a dominant two and a quarter length win.
Luscinia was an $80,000 Magic Millions Book 2 purchase for Lees Racing from the Raheen Stud draft and was a successful pinhook having been bought from the Noorilim Park draft at the Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale for $40,000.
Luscinia was bred by Yulong Stud, who bought his dam Nightingales for $55,000 from a Godolphin Reduction at the Inglis Broodmare Sale in 2017.
Luscinia is the third winner form three foals to race from Nightingales, a winning Street Cry (IRE) grand-daughter of stakes-winner Dashing Granada from a family that has produced this season’s Group I winning filly Instant Celebrity and a very smart Hong Kong stakes-winner in Healthy Happy.
Luscinia is one of over 100 winners this season for Nicconi, whose winners including six stakes-winners headed by champion sprinter Nature Strip, who has added two more Group I victories to his tally this year.
Nicconi is switching to Widden Stud Victoria this spring and will stand at a fee of $27,500.