Taliano breaks through for Blundell

Kayla Nisbet guided the David Blundell-trained Taliano to victory in the 2000m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Queanbeyan on Thursday. Photo: Lance Fearne Photography.

The ever-consistent Taliano finally broke through for his second career victory at Queanbeyan on Thursday for Gundagai trainer, David Blundell. 

The six-year-old – that now boasts two wins and 12 placings from 30 career starts – is never far away, and under the guidance of Kayla Nisbet, Taliano proved too strong, finishing hard down the outside to win by a length in the 2000m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Blundell was happy with the result, and explained it was simply a matter of finding the right race for his Equiano gelding. 

“We certainly found the right race at Queanbeyan,” Blundell laughed. 

“He is just one of them horses, he is nothing special, but at that distance he goes okay.

“You just have to wait for the right day, and when he feels alright, and he will run a good race.”

Taliano is never too far away from the winner, and Blundell said he was an honest stayer.

“What you see is what you get with him,” Blundell said.

“He has run a couple of good races.”

The Gundagai trainer said Taliano would stick with the 2000m distance for the time being.

“There is a few of them type of horses getting about at the moment, and it’s just matter of a bit of luck and striking the right field and over that distance,” Blundell said.

“He has never been tried past the distance, and he may get further, but I reckon up to 2000m is his best distance for now.”

Kayla Nisbet has won both times on Taliano and Blundell praised her ride at Queanbeyan. 

“I try and get Kayla when I can,” Blundell said. 

“She seems to suit the job and she is a good jockey.

“I’ve had a fair bit of luck with her, and she gave him a good ride.”  

Fellow Gundagai trainer Jim Scobie went close to a win last week, with Bon’s Kingdom running a bold race at big odds in the 1200m Maiden Plate at Wagga on Monday. 

Under the guidance of Bradley Vale, the five-year-old mare jumped a length in front and led them up and looked the winner with a half-furlong to go. 

Bon’s Kingdom even led with 20m to go, but ended up finishing third, beaten 0.37 of a length by the fast-finishing pair of Brazen Impact and Oahu Gaze. 

The Gundagai galloper has been entered to race in the 1300m Maiden Handicap at Corowa on Thursday. 

In the same race at Wagga, the Andrew Sheahan-trained Gypsy Dreamer failed to fire, running 11th of 12 and was beaten 7.91 lengths for jockey, Mick Travers. 

Sheahan will also travel to Corowa on Thursday, with French Factor contesting the 900m Class One Handicap. 

Todd Smart travels to Corowa too, with Honeysuckle Choice entered in the 1000m Benchmark 66 Handicap and Cheap Diamond nominated in the 1300m Maiden Handicap.