Jockey Matthew Palmer is fully confident his mount Lucky Hussler can be the second horse in as many years to secure the Vo Rogue Plate – Magic Millions 3YO Guineas double when they contest the 2013 edition of the latter at the Gold Coast Racecourse this Saturday.
One of a capacity field of three-year-olds engaged in this year’s $1 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) the local Kent Fleming-trained Husson colt certainly has a few major advantages heading into the clash.
The most notable of those is their last start victory, their third win from four starts this spring – summer campaign, when narrowly holding off Group 1 winner Sizzling in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben on December 29 a race that is considered the traditional MM Guineas lead-up.
While the run from Sizzling was an unlucky one and the Kelso Wood-trained champ was only a short half head off Lucky Hussler on the line, it was still an impressive effort from the winner and a form line that has credentials.
Last year Gold Coast galloper Punch On secured the Vo Rogue Plate – Magic Millions 3YO Guineas double and Lucky Hussler will look to emulate that feat this weekend.
“Winning the Vo Rogue proved he’s up to this level and, if anything, he’s taken a step forward in his trackwork and attitude since that race,” Palmer, 26, said.
“He’s still a young horse who’s developing and learning but he did everything right at Doomben and was good enough to beat Sizzling.”
For the Vo Rogue the consistent Lucky Hussler jumped from barrier 4 (of 10) and carried 57kg.
For the Guineas the youngster has drawn a horror gate (17) and will have more weight (58kg) but neither fact seems to have dented Palmer’s confidence especially considering every MM Guineas winner since Gold Edition in 2007 has jumped from barrier 10 or wider.
“He’ll come into 13 if the emergencies don’t run which isn’t such a bad result and you get a good run down the back straight from the 1400-metre start,” Palmer said.
“I know the track well, I know the horse well so I’ll be looking to give him an easy run somewhere just off the speed.”
While no horse has carried more than 56.5kg to victory in the MM Guineas Palmer believes Lucky Hussler has the class to set a new weight carrying record.
“Lucky Hussler is a plum ride to land and definitely my best chance to win one of the big Millions races,” the injury-prone hoop said.
The punters aren’t quite as sure as Palmer however with Lucky Hussler looking a little over the odds at $15 based on their draw.
Latest Magic Millions 3YO Guineas odds are led by the steady market mover No Looking Back ($4.60) while Sizzling occupies the second line of betting at $4.80 despite their nasty barrier 20 allocation.
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