Darci Brahma filly Lucky Country drew further attention to her upcoming classic prospects with a comprehensive win in the NZB Insurance Oaks Prelude at Pukekura.
The Stephen Marsh trained three-year-old came off three recent runner-up finishes to take the major prize and, as a result, her pre-post quote for the New Zealand Oaks on March 16 has been cut from $18 to $8.50.
“She got the run of the race from the inside draw and it was a good effort with 58.5kg,” Marsh said. “She really deserved that and had no luck in the Wellington Stakes or the Desert Gold Stakes. We will run her next in either the Sunline Vase or the Lowland Stakes before the Oaks.”
Lucky Country (3f Darci Brahma – Backcountry by Valley Crossing) was given the perfect ride by Opie Bosson behind the pace on Saturday. The filly was guided off the fence before the turn and rounded off well in the run home to beat Decorah (Pins) and Desert Gold Stakes winner High Fashion (O’Reilly).
Lucky Country is raced by Go Racing and syndicate manager Albert Bosma bought her for $25,000 from The Oaks Stud at the 2011 NZB Select yearling sale. Her second dam Miss Sib (Ack Ack) is a sister to USA Champion racehorse and sire Broad Brush.
Go Racing combined with Marsh to win the Karaka Million with Ruud Awakening last month. The star two-year-old will make her next appearance in the G1 Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie on March 9. The NZ Oaks will be run a week later at Trentham.