Speedy youngster Nirvana In Fire has put himself in the mix for next season’s early three-year-old features.
“That’s the plan, although it’s going to get a bit tougher from here on in,” said Lance O’Sullivan, who trains the colt with part-owner Andrew Scott.
Nirvana In Fire continued his successful juvenile campaign at Te Rapa on Saturday with a hollow victory in the New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Race (1100m).
The son of Showcasing was quickly into stride to make the running and he was never headed.
“He had a bit of race day experience on his side and I’m thrilled for Andrew and the team that races him,” O’Sullivan said.
Nirvana In Fire has now won twice from six appearances his only unplaced performance came when he tailed the field home in the Karaka Million (1200m).
“We probably rushed him a bit for that, but everyone wants a ticket for the big prize and it was a bit too soon for him,” O’Sullivan said.
Nirvana In Fire was ridden on Saturday by Cameron Lammas, who said he had no worries during the race.
“He’s got gate speed and did it easily. He’s matured a lot since the last time I rode him.”
Nirvana In Fire scored by two and a-quarter lengths from Heavenly Emperor, who gave a good account of himself on debut. He unwound strongly after being pushed along to keep in touch 600m from home.
Hapi Ella continued her run of solid form by taking third with the first-timer McEdith next home. – NZ Racing Desk.