Glorious Flemington victory for Lucques

Sep 10, 2016

His first three runs back from a spell indicated a win was imminent before Lucques delivered a deserved success for connections at Flemington.

Lucques had steadily improved with the fitness gained in races over unsuitable trips but the son of High Chaparral relished the step up to 2500m in the Sofitel Girls’ Day Out Handicap (2500m).

Damian Lane took over aboard the five-year-old and got Lucques home narrowly over the Darren Weir-trained Black Tomahawk but a look at the times added plenty of merit to his performance.

Since the start of the 2011/12 season, only Oaks winner Dear Demi and Derby winner Fiveandahalfstar have run a faster time than Lucques did in his first win since January.

Co-trainer Mathew Ellerton said Lucques was an exciting stayer but still had plenty of improvement left in him.

“He hasn’t furnished yet. He still looks like a young horse with a saddle on,” Ellerton, who trains Lucques in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

“He’s still got a lot of growing to do and he’s 12 months away from being at his best.

“We’re looking at country cups and a few support races with him this time in but next year, he could measure up to some really good races.”

Lucques’s win was his sixth in 23 starts while the $49,500 first prizemoney took his stakes tally to more than $239,000.

Congratulations to the talented stayer’s owners and all involved with his latest Flemington win.