Lucques ready for a crack at Adelaide Cup

Mar 13, 2016

The 3200m trip is not one of trainer Simon Zahra’s worries ahead of Lucques’s attempt to win Monday’s Group II Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville.

The stayer will tackle the $400,000 race at his 19th start but Zahra, who trains the son of High Chaparral with Mathew Ellerton, said Lucques was seasoned enough for the long trip.

Zahra pointed to Lucques’s fourth in the Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day when assessing the gelding’s capabilities at 3200m.

”He got 2800 and he was full of steam at the end of that race so I think the longer trip for him the better,” Zahra said.

Zahra was among those trainers who thought their runner’s chances improved with the scratching of pre-post Signoff from the Adelaide Cup.

However, Zahra said the Flemington stable was thrilled with Lucques’s effort behind Swacadelic and Signoff when fourth in the Listed Torney Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley on February 19.

“He went enormous at Moonee Valley. He had one annoying him the whole way and he couldn’t get out and rolling,” Zahra said.

“His last 150(m) was terrific.”

Damian Lane will travel to Adelaide to ride Lucques at Morphettville. Zahra said the Adelaide Cup would be the final start of Lucques’s summer and autumn campaign.

“He can have a go at this and then he can have about three months off,” Zahra said.

“He’ll be even better with a bit more time in the paddock so we’ll be looking forward to a big spring.”

Lucques has firmed from $15 into $13 in the last 24 hours’ betting on the Adelaide Cup.