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Niccanova cools down as carnival winds up

TRAINER Steve Tregea has no regrets about calling an end to the Queensland Winter Carnival campaign of promising Toowoomba three-year-old Niccanova as they regroup for further 2017 feature goals.

Niccanova has been one of Toowoomba’s star carnival performers with his two campaign wins including the Group Three Fred Best Classic (1400m) at Eagle Farm last month.

The Nicconi gelding wound up his three-run preparation with an unlucky second in the Group Two Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Doomben on June 10.

Niccanova’s Guineas effort earmarked him as the logical early favourite for Saturday’s Group Three Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) at Corbould Park.

But Tregea has not been tempted to venture to the well one more time and instead has Niccanova resting up for a possible southern spring or Brisbane summer tilt.

“The Sunshine Coast Guineas would have been a nice race for him for sure,” Tregea said.

“But he’s had a long prep and I was keen to give him a decent break before hopefully looking at the southern spring or more likely a Brisbane summer campaign.

“He’s still immature and we’d like to keep building him up during this break.

“He’s an uncomplicated sort of horse who has done what we hoped he would over the winter so we’ll see where he can go from here.”

# TOOWOOOMBA’S hopes for a final winter feature victory on Saturday include In His Stride who lines up for trainer Rex Lipp in the Listed Glasshouse (1400m) following his narrow Eye Liner defeat at Ipswich.

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