Lucques chasing Bart Cummings win at Flemington

Sep 29, 2016

Smart stayer Lucques is a great chance to claim the lion's share of $300,000 in stakes in Sunday’s Group III Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington.

Training partners Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra have Lucques in great order and ready to impress at the Turnbull Stakes meeting.

Lucques earned a crack at Sunday’s Group III race with his fighting win over the Flemington 2500m course on September 10, which was his second over the Bart Cummings track and distance.

Co-trainer Simon Zahra said the son of High Chaparral had come on since his win, which came at the fourth run of his spring campaign, and should be prominent again in Sunday’s $300,000 contest.

“He worked super with Odeon (UCI Stakes runner) on Tuesday,” Zahra, who trains Lucques in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said. “It was really good work.

“The run the other day at Flemington has brought him on a lot. He looks terrific and Sunday’s an exciting day for us.”

Lucques has drawn barrier 10 for the Bart Cummings but luck continued to desert Victoria Derby hopeful Odeon after he came up with barrier 20 for the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m).

Odeon started from barrier 12 when caught three-wide in his fighting fifth at Caulfield on September 17 but Zahra said the son of Zacinto is progressing well.

“He hasn’t had any luck again with the gates but the horse is going terrific,” Zahra said. “His work on Tuesday was great and he’s come on again in the coat.”

Durendal will give a great account of himself in the Group II Gilgai Stakes (1200m) while Double Jeopardy will start his career in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Plate (1000m) for the two-year-olds.

“Double Jeopardy is a nice colt, a very natural two-year-old,” Zahra said. “His jumpout down the straight was excellent and we’re really happy with him.”

Damian Lane will ride Lucques, Durendal and Double Jeopardy while Chris Symons will be aboard Odeon.