Gentle Giant To Turn Giant Killer

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With a stable name like Big Knickers, you could be forgiven for thinking Niccobelle wouldn't amount to much on the racetrack.

But after landing a narrow victory at on , the gelding has earned a shot at Saturday grade and will take his place in the Handicap at .

Niccobelle weighs almost 600kg and while trainer describes him as a “gentle giant”, the horse is not without his challenges.

He might have the physique of a gym junkie, but mentally he is more in the mould of Mr Bean.

“He's the most beautiful horse. He's big and strong and muscular, he looks like a big Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Buchanan said.

“He's quirky in that he likes everything how he likes it and if you change things he gets very upset very quickly, so keeping him happy is important.

“Even on race day, you'll see them walk him constantly because he'll stand there and and get hot and sweaty. We call him Big Knickers in the stable because he's a big girl.”

Niccobelle belied his nickname when he led and defied all challengers to a last-start win.

has retained the ride and Buchanan expects the to adopt similar tactics at Rosehill.

“Christian got a really good feel of him last time. I don't think we need to reinvent the wheel. I think he just has to be comfortable, ” she said.

Niccobelle is a $19 chance to score back-to-back wins with the -trained Montrachet the $5 favourite.

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