Kisukano Shines in The Jewel


Toowoomba filly Kisukano (pictured) relished the heavy track and connections enjoyed an upset win in the $500,000 2YO QTIS Jewel on Saturday.

The Michael Nolan trained juvenile sailed past the favourite, Rothfire ($1.20) in the final 200m.

The win was one of the happiest for Michael Nolan who has been a top Queensland trainer since he won the 1999 Doomben 10,000 with Lauries Lottery.

He admitted while he had a big wrap on Kisukano, the reports on Rothfire had him worried.

"There was a lot of talk about Rothfire but not much about us. You don't come here expecting to win but she has done well," he said.

"We thought if we ran second so be it but we gave her a chance."

"I train her for the Reeves family who have been great supporters of mine. And a few mates from school are also in her do it is great."

Nolan will now look to the winter with Kisukano who lifted her prize money to $430,000.

Jockey Mark Du Plessis was vindicated by the win as he had great faith in Kisukano.

"After I won on her at Doomben two weeks ago I knew she would be in the finish," Du Plessis said.

Rothfire will now go for a spell with trainer, Robert Heathcote to decide on a winter campaign or more likely the Melbourne spring.