High-cruising mare Lucky Penny was a class above her rivals first-up in the Vic Hardwood Floors Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Lucky Penny (4m Keep The Faith – White Hart Lane by Flying Spur) had won the LR Laelia Stakes at Morphettville last May but had been off the scene since August following a float accident. “It’s always a worry when they come back from an injury,” trainer Peter Morgan said. “This was a big test and she looks right back to the form she showed this time last year.”
The speedy daughter of Keep The Faith had won on debut by 8 lengths at Wodonga in April 2012 before another dominant display at Caulfield. She completed a hat-trick for Melbourne based owner-breeder Rick Smith in Listed company in Adelaide.
Lucky Penny staved off the late closers to score by three-quarters of a length from Spot On Maggie (One Cool Cat) and Sweet Ella (Niello). “She looked beautiful in the yard – all credit to Peter,” winning jockey Darren Gauci said. “She settled nicely and I gave her a breather down the side. She did a really good job to win fresh over 1400 metres.”
Her dam White Hart Lane won four races for Smith and was also stakes placed at Flemington and Morphettville.
Smith sent Lucky Penny’s half-sister Tottenham Girl (Dash For Cash) to Keep The Faith last year and she is expecting a three-quarter sister to the Caulfield winner in October.
Greta West Stud owner Laurie McCarthy will stand Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee in 2013.
– Karl Patterson