Lucks a fortune!

The astute purchase of New South Wales stayer ‘Lucky Lucky Lucky’ proved just that when the gelding scored a first up win for trainer Tony McEvoy at Morphettville Parks on Saturday, January 31.

Backed from $4 into $3.90, Lucky Lucky Lucky came from last to score an impressive long neck win in the William Hill Rain Lover Plate (1950m).

Ridden by Jason Holder, the gelding finished powerfully to score strongly from Dylanson ($14) with Éclair Samba ($4.20) a long neck away third.

Lucky Lucky Lucky settled towards the rear of the field of 10 but travelled well. Holder got him into the clear around the home turn but the five-year-old took a little while to get into his stride before powering to the line over the final stages and rounding up the leaders after giving them two lengths start 200 metres from then finish.

“We had our eye on him for a while,” McEvoy said. “Eventually we decided to make an offer to his owner Gerry Harvey, and it was accepted.

“We always believed he was a very promising staying prospect so I was delighted to get him home to Angaston about a month ago where he has absolutely thrived in the change of scenery.

“He’s got a long stride so I was a bit wary around the tighter Parks track as I knew he would be coming from back in the field, but I loved the way he hit the line when he got into a rhythm in the home straight.”

McEvoy said he was certain Lucky Lucky Lucky would be better placed around the bigger main Morphettville track.

He may get that chance on February 14 in the Listed $80,000 Holdfast Insurance Birthday Cup (2000m).

There is also a 2600 metre race on that day but McEvoy believes it may be a bit quick to have the gelding go out to that sort of trip.

Once race under consideration this campaign is the Group 2 $400,000 Tattsbet Adelaide Cup (3200m) on Monday, March 9 but McEvoy said he would be guided by Lucky Lucky Lucky’s progress before making a firm decision.



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