Nriangi after picket fence at Randwick

The Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones trained Nriangi will be searching for his fourth successive victory when he lines up for his first metropolitan class race at Randwick on Monday.

The Untouchable gelding has proven just that in his past three outings with his most impressive coming last start at Canberra when he saluted the judge by a five-length margin.

Nriangi will line-up in the Sharp Benchmark 70 Handicap (1550m) on Monday, with Jones expecting a forward showing from the four-year-old who has retained the same jockey from his past three wins.

“His ability is a little bit uncapped at the moment. We don't yet know how good he can be,” said Jones.

“We decided to take Billy Owen to town with us because he knows the horse very well, and the horse has been running very well for him.

“He just keeps stepping up to the mark, and putting five-lengths on the field last start was a very good effort.

“It is a mighty step up in grade for him, but taking on those better horses gives him a bit of weight relief which puts him right in the mix.”

It will be a 10-day turnaround for Nriangi when he lines-up on Monday, with the previous win coming just six days prior to that.

Nriangi steps up to 1550m for the first time which Jones believes his star galloper will have no problems handling, expecting the gelding's best will come over further.

“He has always been trying to get out to the mile or further, but we've only been able to find suitable races over the 1400-metres which is the only reason why he has been racing around those shorter trips,” he said.

“He has always shown a fair bit of ability, but he just had no luck with the barrier draws in his first three career starts.

“We decided to wait for a him to draw a good barrier, which he eventually did, and he run a very good second to California Poppy who won next start in the city.

“He then won the start after that, which of course is where his winning sequence started.”

It will be Nriangi's eighth career run on Monday in a campaign which began in mid-January, with Jones believing he is not far away from a well earned rest.

“There's probably only one or two left in him so we may look at something in the Wagga carnival, and then probably turn him out for a bit of a spell,” he said.

“But at the moment - while he is racing so well - I think I'll be hesitating a bit to turn him out.”
 

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