Luck is Hong Kong-bound but not before he attempts to win the
Queensland Derby following his emphatic win in the Gr. 3 Rough Habit
Plate at Doomben today.
raider drifted from $4.80 to $6 but was untroubled to win by two and
three-quarter lengths from Order Again, who was heavily backed into
$3.40 equal favouritism with Veladero, who was one and
three-quarter lengths away third.
After a second
placing over 1500 metres in midweek company at Ipswich earlier in the
month, Shocking Luck handled the rise in grade and distance with ease,
confirming the high opinion co-trainer Jamie Richards has held in the
"He's a big
skinny New Zealand horse with a stayer's action and we always felt he
would come into his own once he stepped up to 2000 metres," Richards
After his next
run in the Gr. 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm on May 27,
Shocking Luck will attempt to emulate Eagle Way, who won last year's
Queensland Derby before going to Hong Kong where he has raced
sold this horse to Phillip Mak in Hong Kong and the intention is to run
him in the Grand Prix and Derby before he heads overseas," Richards said
of the son of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.
Any concerns Richards held for Shocking Luck on the soft track proved unfounded.
"Hopefully the tracks continue to improve because believe me he's a much better horse on top of the ground," Richards said. "All going well he can hold his form at his next two starts and there's no reason why he can't."
Order Again produced an eye-catching Derby trial as trainer Brian Smith sweats on gaining a start in the blue-riband event.
earned A$25,000 for finishing second but Smith is concerned his overall
prize money of A$62,000 won't be enough to guarantee a Derby start.