Current coronavirus protocols were central to the decision to move Niccanova to Randwick trainer Craig Carmody stable while the talented Queenslander prepares for an Epsom Handicap tilt.

Toowoomba trainer Steve Tregea confirmed his decision to shift his stable star, which he also owns, to Carmody as border protocols would make it difficult for him prepare the son of Nicconi for his Group I assault.

“I couldn’t be there and I would have to quarantine when I come back so I couldn’t do that,” Tregea said.

“He has to be there for a period of time so that it would be better to transfer him to Craig.

“He’s there, he’s on the spot and knows what’s going on.

“The Winx Stakes run was good, he just got caught up at the wrong time but he was strong on the line so it is was an encouraging run and there is no reason not to push on.”

Niccanova remained in Sydney after finishing a credible sixth in the Group 1 Winx Stakes at his last start at Randwick on August 22.

Tregea said the seven-year-old will have his next start in the Group 3 Bill Richie Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on September 19 or the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on September 26.

A date with the Epsom Handicap on October 3 at Randwick is his main target, where Niccanova is currently $15 chance bookies.

Niccanova will be ridden by Regan Bayliss in the $1 million feature.

The Candy Man was initially set to join the stable of John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes but will instead be trained by a different family operation.

Peter and Paul Snowden are instead set to take over the training duties of the popular Queenslander which saluted at Eagle Farm last Saturday.


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