Ballina trainer Stephen Lee (blue cap) has his sights set on the $30,000 Iris Nielsen.
Ballina trainer Stephen Lee (blue cap) has his sights set on the $30,000 Iris Nielsen. Bill North

Change of tactics for Napayshini ahead of Iris Nielsen race

STEPHEN Lee will target Ballina’s $30,000 Iris Nielsen Hcp (1400m) on Sunday week with the Canterbury winner Napayshini and will go back to the front running tactics that have proved successful in the past.

Napayshini has had two runs for Lee since coming north from the Danny Williams yard for unplaced runs at Doomben and the Gold Coast.

However, in both those races Napayshini got back in the field.

“There were excuses for both runs,” Lee said.

“Doomben was heavy, it was his first run for me and his first from a spell.

“He couldn’t muster any early speed, while he was not well drawn at the Gold Coast and missed the start.

“He is a natural front-runner and those are the tactics we will adopt in the Iris Nielsen.

“He has only won two races so he should get in without much weight and hopefully we can draw a decent barrier.

“His two runs for me have been over 1200 metres and 1400 metres so he is ready for a race like this.

“He ran second over 1500 metres in a midweek at Randwick in March so the distance is ideal for him.”

Napayshini won his maiden at Gosford by leading all the way, then adopted a similar pattern when second in a class three at Goulburn in February.

Nominations for the Iris Nielsen meeting close on Tuesday.

NORTHERN RIVERS CALENDAR

> Coffs Harbour (TAB) tomorrow

> Ballina (TAB) January 17

> Grafton (TAB) January 24

> Ballina (TAB) January 29



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