Paul Niceforo is back training after a 10-year hiatus but it is on his terms. He has taken out a couple of boxes at Kembla Grange and is training for family and friends after spending time with David Vandyke at Warwick Farm.
“I just picked out and bought a few horses so I can make my own mistakes and know about them,” Niceforo said. “I didn’t want to be the third or fourth trainer of a horse and not know all about them and be trying to work them out. I have worked in the industry for a long time and just love training.”
Niceforo only has the three in work, which he is taking along slowly and Anna’s Joy is ready to go to the races for the first time in Thursday’s Corrimal RSL Club 3 or Less Maiden Handicap after winning a Goulburn barrier trial last week.
“I had picked out a non-metropolitan maiden for her at Gosford next week but this race is on her own track and she is ready to go to the races,” Niceforo said. “She has only had that one barrier trial and is ready to run 1000m.
"It is a tough race against some much more experienced rivals and I would be pleased if she can be a couple of lengths from the winner. She has done well to get to this point.”
Niceforo is hoping he can have some success with his small team and attract other clients: “I don’t want to get too big, half dozen horses will do me, because I want to know every horse I train very well,” Niceforo said.