Mornington trainer Pat Carey will take over the preparation of imported stayer Lucky Chappy for Team Valor International.
Lucky Chappy (4c High Chaparral – Germane by Distant Relative) was a juvenile winner in Italy before transferring to North America. He was placed five times in black-type company including the 2012 G1 Hollywood Derby.
Team Valor chairman Barry Irwin noted that there were a number of factors involved in the decision to send the stayer to Australia, and the record of High Chaparral was a notable consideration.
“His sire knocks ’em dead down there,” Irwin explained. “That’s where he does his best, although he’s doing pretty good in Europe this year, too.”
Irwin noted that Lucky Chappy looks like he wants 2400 metres or more, leaving his options in America limited. “I’m intrigued by the Melbourne Cup,” Irwin said. “I think he fits the profile of a horse that could get in that race, not this coming year, but maybe in 2014.”
Irwin said having a horse race in Australia will help him learn more about that industry. “We’re going to have Animal Kingdom standing at Arrowfield Stud. I want to get more involved in racing down there.”
“Pat (Carey) seems to be the kind of guy I want,” Irwin explained. “He only trains about 30 horses. I went to his place, visited him, and watched him do his thing. He’s the kind of guy that will be able to give individual attention to my horse, and he’s a specialist with stayers.”
Lucky Chappy (Ire) cost 16,000 euros when purchased by trainer Marco Bozzi at the 2010 Italian SGA yearling sale in Milan. His dam Germane was a G3 winner of the 1994 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.