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Shocking Luck in top Queensland Derby rehearsal
16 May 2017

Shocking 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.

The Kiwi 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 gelding.

"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 said.

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 successfully.

"David Ellis 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.

The gelding 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.

Stephen Rodgers