When he finds open spaces, Husson galloper Lucky Hussler has a sprint few can hold off and Saturday’s G1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) was made to order.
Ridden by Glen Boss, Lucky Hussler came with a barnstorming finish from well back in the field to capture his second win at the highest level and crack the $1 million barrier in prizemoney.
Boss had time to stand up in the irons for the photo as Lucky Hussler defeated Perth star Disposition by over a length with stablemate Stratum Star a short half-head away in third. “I had a lapful of horse and he showed amazing acceleration once I angled out and got him balanced. He’s a proper Group 1 horse.”
Trainer Darren Weir celebrated back-to-back Tooraks following Trust In The Gust’s victory 12 months ago.
“He got into a buffeting duel, which takes a bit out of them, but he was very strong through the line,” Weir said. “He’s been a great horse for us and will probably go to the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley and the Emirates Stakes at Flemington.”
The Toorak was the second Group 1 for Lucky Hussler following his triumph in the William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in March. He cost $100,000 at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has won 7 races in 31 starts for earnings of $1.16 million.
By Vinery sire Husson (Arg), he is only foal out of Talaq Dancer (Black Hawk) and is bred along the same lines at Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler. Husson stands for a $13,200 (inc gst) fee at Vinery.