Lucques chasing two in a row at Ballarat

Nov 20, 2015

Emerging stayer Lucques has overcome a slight setback and will be out to continue his development in Saturday’s IGA Liquor McKellar Mile (1600m) at Ballarat.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra tested Lucques as a Derby candidate in Adelaide in the autumn before he began his four-year-old season with a comfortable win over 1600m at Seymour on October 15.

However, Zahra said the half-brother to dual Derby winner Rebel Raider had a hiccup after that outing, which delayed his second-up outing until Saturday’s Benchmark 70 contest.

“He got a little bit crook after his first-up win,” Zahra said. “He just got a little bit of a snotty nose so we just backed off him.

“His first-up win was really good and he’s looking really well after we had to back off him.”

Zahra said he and Ellerton gave Lucques a jumpout at Flemington in which the son of High Chaparral performed well against the stable’s speedster Rough Justice.

“We trialled him up the other day and he went super so he’s definitely back on track,” Zahra said. “He trialled against Rough Justice and finished next to him, which isn’t easy to do, so he’s back on track.

“He’s a really nice horse and the penny is starting to drop with him.”

Mark Zahra, no relation to the trainer, will ride Lucques at Ballarat in the absence of Damian Lane, who will be in Perth riding at the big Ascot meeting..