We claimed Nikolayeva for £5000 after noticing her running in a claimer at Wolverhampton.
Nikolayeva was bred to be smart, breeding suggests she'll require a staying trip. Her full sister Timoshenko, won six races back to back at trips upto two miles four furlongs. That horse has now been purchased for big money to go jumping.
The claimer Nikolayeva ran in, was over one mile. She finished a staying on third. In another furlong Nikolayeva would have won.
We will take our time with Nikolayeva and step her up in trip. In time, she’ll likely require two miles and could switch to National Hunt racing.
Hopefully time will prove the £5000 claim was a shrewd move.
Nikolayeva will be trained by Mick Appleby.