Promising stayer makes Pukekohe break-through

Nerve Not Verve winning at Pukekohe on Friday  - Kenton Wright (Race Images)
Nerve Not Verve winning at Pukekohe on Friday

Kenton Wright (Race Images)

A campaign in Queensland will be considered for impressive Pukekohe winner Nerve Not Verve after the daughter of Shocking raced away with the Haunui Farm Maiden (2100m) on Friday.

Prepared by Mike Moroney and Pam Gerard, Nerve Not Verve broke maiden ranks at start number seven, having been placed on three occasions previously and was beaten less than five lengths when seventh in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

“She ran into a very good one here last time, when second behind Intrigue, but she’s a class act and really deserves the win,” Gerard said.

“The dead track looked to be ideal and although in training through the season she remains in very good condition and is enjoying her work.

“She’d run a faster last 600m than the winner in the Lowland, and finished strongly for seventh in the Oaks, so we expected a win was due.”

Gerard said that discussions with her training partner could see Nerve Not Verve competing during the Queensland Winter Carnival, joining stablemates Pinmedown, On The Rocks and She’s A Thief, who left on Friday morning.

“I’ll have a chat to Mike,” she said. “He always likes to get them over to Brisbane, and she handles wet tracks, but we will just wait and see how she pulls up. She can be a little hot-headed, which held up the early part of her career, and I don’t want to push her too much as I think she’s a beautiful staying mare that has got it all in front of her.”

A half-sister to Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner Glory Days, Nerve Not Verve sports the familiar colours of JML Bloodstock’s Lib Petagna. A $60,000 purchase by bloodstock agent Bruce Perry from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, Nerve Not Verve is also raced by Grant Devonport, Simon Moutter, Max Brown and Craig Lindberg. 


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