Sydney trainer Steve Englebrecht is looking for a good second-up effort from his progressive three-year-old Lucky Lucky Lucky who runs in Saturday’s $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) at Eagle Farm ahead of the 2013 Queensland Derby next month.
The Lucky Owners gelding has won just one of their six starts to date and only stepped up to black type company last month when second to Proverb in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) at Doomben.
Racing in Brisbane again this weekend Lucky Lucky Lucky is one of a bumper field of three-year-olds engaged in the Rough Habit Plate which is a traditional lead-up to the lucrative $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 8.
Englebrecht is already very happy with the way Lucky Lucky Lucky has progressed from failed barrier trial at Randwick last October through to a possible shot at Group 1 glory during the coveted Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
“He didn’t have a clue at his first trial,” Englebrecht said.
“He completely lost the plot that day but he just didn’t know what he was supposed to do.”
The turning point in their career was their maiden win at Goulburn over 2100m where they put 2.5 lengths on their closest rival, an effort that had jockey Peter Robl pushing for a winter campaign.
“He was getting lost on the smaller tracks like Canterbury and Warwick Farm but winning on the bigger track at Goulburn was the turning point,” Englebrecht said.
“Peter said he’d be an ideal type for Brisbane after a bit of a break.
“The trip away has done him the world of good because he could get a little bit hot under the collar but we’ve got his head right.”
Robl is replaced on Saturday by Larry Cassidy, the former to ride Rough Habit rival Tonopah who is a little shorter than Lucky Lucky Lucky in the markets after their big 3.5 length victory at Kembla Grange last start.
In the current markets for the Rough Habit Lucky Lucky Lucky, drawn wide in gate 16, is rated a $13 chance with the odds led by Kiwi raider Survived.
Coming off four consecutive victories back home in New Zealand, the John Bary-trained Survived is also the $6 top fancy in the Queensland Derby Odds.
Lucky Lucky Lucky meanwhile can be found further down those futures markets for the Group 1 paying $15, an equal price with other Rough Habit runner Hawkspur.
While confident stepping up from a mile at Doomben to the 2100m at the roomier Eagle Farm track on Saturday will suit, Englebrecht’s only concern is his horse’s wide gate.
“The bigger track at Eagle Farm will suit him a lot better than Doomben and the 2100 metres is more his go than the mile,” he said.
“I was hoping for a better barrier than 16 because I wanted him to race a bit closer but we might have to go back again.”
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