SHANE Nichols is hoping to reach the $2 million mark with his star galloper Streets of Avalon this Spring.
The dual Group One winner has won $1.83 million in prize money and currently holds the honour of being the highest prizemoney earner from Mornington (exclusive of Pinecliff, Mt Eliza).
He heads the likes of Cedarbeg ($1.51mil), Self Sense ($1.49mil), Hollow Bullet ($1.46mil), Ethiopia ($1.26mil) and Pippie ($1.24mil).
Despite verging on entering his seven-year-old season Mornington-based trainer Shane Nichols believes the gelded son of Magnus is going as well as ever.
“I’m probably happier with him going into this Spring than I was last,” Nichols said. “We’re not aiming super high with him but we’d love to get him to the $2 million mark.”
Following an identical preparation to last Spring, Streets of Avalon looks set to resume in the Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) in three weeks’ time.
“He’ll be forward but he’ll have a little bit of improvement in him first-up,” Nichols said. “Last Spring, he was plagued with bad barriers and wet tracks so we’re hoping we can strike some drier surfaces this time around.”
Streets of Avalon will have a couple of jumpouts in the coming weeks before his first-up run at Caulfield.