WA Horse Of The Year Luckygray careered away to his second Group 1 victory in the $500,000 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Luckygray (5g Bradbury’s Luck – Damah Lady by Mukaddamah) had won the 2011 Railway Stakes in the stewards’ room but there were no beg-pardons in Perth’s premier weight-for-age contest. He loomed up to the leaders in the straight to score a convincing victory over Mr Moet (Mosayter) and God Has Spoken (Blackfriars).
Winning trainer Gino Poletti was thrilled with the performance after the grey gelding’s last-start second in the Railway Stakes. “He had trained on so well and I was confident he could run the 1800 metres right out. Coming back to weight-for-age was a big help and Shaun (O’Donnell) rode him perfectly.”
Poletti will give Luckygray a few weeks off at Balmoral Park before gearing up for an autumn campaign in the Eastern States. “He got a virus over there last time so we have a point to prove,” Poletti said. “We will be considering all races in both Melbourne and Sydney.”
Poletti suggested a clash with world champion mare Black Caviar could even be a possibility in the G1 Newmarket Hcp at Flemington on March 9.
Luckygray has won 12 races from 18 starts and banked $1.78 million for connections. He cost $31,000 as a foal at the 2008 Inglis weanling sale and Riverslea Farm pin-hooked him for $46,000 at the 2009 Perth Magic Millions.
His sire Bradbury’s Luck (Redoute’s Choice) stands for a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee at Glenlogan Park. His dam Damah Lady is a winning half-sister to G2 STC Todman Slipper Trial winner Diego Garcia. She foaled a Mutawaajid filly in August.