Promising Husson galloper Lucky Hussler will be on trial for a transfer to champion trainer Chris Waller at Eagle Farm this Saturday.
Lucky Hussler (3g Husson – Talaq Dancer by Black Hawk) has opened up a $2.10 favourite for the LR Tattersall’s Mile and will go for a break – win, lose or draw – after the final black-type race of the season in Brisbane.
Whether he stays with trainer David Kelly on the Gold Coast or goes to Waller is in the hands of managing owner Glen Makauskas and connections. “He’s a nice horse and probably deserves a chance in Sydney,” Kelly explained. “But I would love to keep him.”
Standing well over 16 hands, Lucky Hussler is the leading money-earner for incoming Vinery sire Husson this season. Initially under the care of Kent Fleming, he climbed the grades to defeat Sizzling in the G3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben in December.
“This is the best horse I’ve trained,” Fleming claimed. “And he’s only going to get better when he gets over more ground.”
Relocated to Kelly after Fleming was disqualified in May, Lucky Hussler has followed up with placings in the G2 Queensland Guineas, LR Daybreak Lover Stakes and the LR Sunshine Coast Guineas a fortnight ago.
“He was caught wide last time and the wet track was the difference between winning and losing,” Kelly said. “He’s also been getting to the front too soon but the good draw this weekend should help.”
Husson (Arg) will stand at $16,500 (inc gst) for his first season at Vinery this year. Australia’s leading first-season sire by winners in 2011-12, he is firmly entrenched in the Top 10 of our second-season stallions with earnings over $1.20 million.
– Karl Patterson