Lucks Back!

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The fascinating tussle to claim this season’s state title of Champion Stallion between the two booming Qld sires Bradbury’s Luck and Show A Heart took another twist on Wednesday when the “young gun” wrestled back the lead from the “reigning champ” with a city winning double at Eagle Farm.




 Bradbury's Luck


The day started perfectly for the four-time Champion Show A Heart when he took out the 2YO event with a very promising youngster in Prussian Heart. Despite being extremely new, the Mick Nolan trained gelding showed he has a very bright future indeed and Wednesday’s victory looks to be the first of what will be many more to follow. This was winner Number 103 for Show A Heart for the season and, at this point in time, he was leading the sire battle with his barn-mate.




Neither Bradbury’s Luck nor Show A Heart had a runner in the next race, so it was up to another Glenlogan Park stallion to provide the winner with Jet Spur’s up-and-coming filly, Mock Me Not, revelling in the conditions and winning by a big margin in impressive fashion. Trained out of the Pat Duff yard, Mock Me Not has always shown well above average ability and she is another with a very bright future in front of her.




On to Race 4 on the program and the classy Bradbury’s Luck mare Nuptse defied the racing pattern of the day to come from last and win running away to give apprentice Janet Johnson her first city victory. Recently purchased by Basil Nolan and his family, Nuptse is now prepared out of the Bryan Guy stable and it was a performance that will have her new connections understandably very excited.




At this stage of the day, the sire standings were so close to “all-square” that it was incredible – with just a tiny $280 separating Bradbury’s Luck and Show A Heart.   




However, when Bradbury’s Luck’s runner in the 8th event, Gotta be Lucky, resumed from a spell with a terrific last-to-first performance to claim the winner’s cheque, the day’s racing finished with Bradbury’s holding a slender lead over Show A Heart of just $11,339.




The four winners on the one day at Eagle Farm was the second week in a row that the Glenlogan Park sires had achieved such a fantastic feat in what has been an absolutely bumper last month of racing for the state’s premier stallion roster.




For the record, Falvelon is another Glenlogan Park stallion to have provided an impressive winner on Wednesday, with the fighting Shez Epic proving very brave to claim the final event from Grafton on their big Ramornie race day.




However it is the battle between Bradbury’s Luck and Show A Heart that is the talking point amongst breeders in the Sunshine State, with the former’s progeny currently earning $3,234,917 and the latter totalling $3,223,578. With just 21 days of racing left in the season, it is reasonable to assume this incredible contest will have a few more twists and turns before a victor is declared on what has been an outstanding last 12 months for both stallions.