Great ride means a great win for Lucques
Dec 05, 2015
A little initiative from jockey Chris Symons went a long way towards Lucques posting a fighting victory at Sandown.
Symons has ridden in fine form since resuming from a lengthy injury lay-off. Lucques provided Symons with his sixth winner since he returned to the saddle in late November.
Lucques won first-up at Seymour on October 18 before finding a biased Ballarat track against him on November 21 but a great deal of determination got him home for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra in the Ashfords Accountants Plate (1800m).
Lucques jumped well and Symons was able to get him in midfield, one-off the fence but the pace slowed at the 1000m, which forced the experienced jockey to make a decision.
Symons decided to take the opportunity to send Lucques forward to race outside the leader, which turned out to be the winning move, at the 800m.
Lucques was left in front a long way out but the four-year-old refused to yield in the final 400m, giving Symons everything down the long Sandown Hillside straight to get him by a head.
“Chris did a great job on him and the horse really responded well to his riding,” Zahra said.
“It’s a very long straight at Sandown but he really knuckled down under pressure and got the job done.
“He was tested today, up in class and with the way the race was run but he overcame those things and won. That’s a sign of a smart horse.”
Ellerton and Zahra are likely to continue stepping up Lucques in trip during the summer months in a bid to guide the four-year-old son of High Chaparral through his grades.
Lucques earned another $44,000 winner’s cheque for his win, which was his fourth in 11 starts, taking his stakes tally to more than $104,000.
Congratulations to the developing galloper’s owners and all involved with his latest win.