The versatility of the current Gr. 1 Queensland Derby favourite
Shocking Luck will be fully tested in his final lead-up this weekend to
the June 10 classic.
The three-year-old soared to the top of the market following his
hollow win in the Gr. 3 Rough Habit Plate in soft going at Doomben, but
Saturday’s Gr. 3 Grand Prix Stakes at Eagle Farm represents a sterner
“He’s a much better horse on top of the ground and we didn’t think he
would handle it last time out,” said Jamie Richards, who trains
Shocking Luck with Stephen Autridge.
“It’s going to be worse at Eagle Farm and while we don’t think the
two-week turnaround is a problem – he’s thriving and we’re happy - the
track isn’t going to come back and it will certainly be cutting out.”
Opie Bosson will again be aboard Shocking Luck and he will also ride
Melody Belle (Gr. 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes) and Jimmy Rea (Green
NZ Racing Desk