Luckygray shines in the west!

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I only brushed over it in the ‘Wrap Up’, but LUCKYGRAY in the West was outstanding.


Steve Morley from Glenlogan sent through an article that talks about the star from the west:

Bradbury’s Luck’s G1 winning 4YO Luckygray left those at Western Australia’s Belmont racecourse almost speechless as he unleashed a terrific final closing sectional to completely destroy a high quality field of WFA sprinters in the G3 Roma Cup (1200m). 

Missing the start, and having to settle a clear last once they got into stride, the Bradbury’s Luck youngster was allowed to just stalk his opposition by jockey Sean O’Donnell until they entered the straight.

However, once they turned, O’Donnell brought Luckygray to the outside and then hardly moved a muscle as the 4YO quickly rounded them up and put them to the sword. 

“You wait a lifetime to get on a horse like this,” O’Donnell beamed post-race. “All credit to Gino (Poletti) and the staff as they have this horse spot-on. He is a potential star of Australian racing and I can’t wait to get these next two runs out of the road and then hopefully head east (to Melbourne).

“He has an amazing turn of acceleration and once he puts them in his sights he is always tough to hold out. That was an unbelievable win today! Incredible!”

Luckygray won by an official margin of 3.5 lengths – but it could have been much, much more if he had not been eased down over the final 150m or so.

“That was just what we hoped we would see, and what we expected to see,” Gino said after the race. “He has probably lightened off a little in the last week or so leading up to this race but the plan will be to only have another run or two this campaign providing the handicapper isn’t too harsh.

“I am confident he has taken another step since his last preparation, but I am also sure that he has an enormous future if we look after him as he continues to mature. He is one very exciting horse!”

The arrogant victory in the G3 event took the Bradbury’s Luck gelding to within an inch of the $1million prizemoney barrier (over $970,000) with 8 wins from his 11 starts.