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Untapped Queensland youngster Lucky Tom impressed in Brisbane with a winning hit-out on Tuesday morning ahead of a trip to Melbourne where their first major target is the Caulfield Guineas 2014.
Prepared by Harold Norman on the Gold Coast the son of Lucky Owners caught the eye at Deagon winning the morning’s opening trial over 1000m with the bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au taking notice.
“I keep telling you this is a very good horse,” Norman told AAP.
“We haven’t seen anywhere near the best of him in a race just yet.”
In the open handicap Lucky Tom was ridden by their race jockey Rikki Jamieson and posted a one and a half length victory over the fellow Gold Coast-trained Teronado beating the Rosehill Guineas third placegetter in a time of 1:00.90.
Their final 600m was done in 34.14 seconds, Jamieson not pushing the up-and-comer to their limits.
Lucky Tom has to date won two of their five starts, the victories coming back-to-back last May during the winter carnival.
A four length effort on a Heavy (9) Sunshine Coast track third-up last time in was followed by another commanding effort this time at Eagle Farm when leading all the way to defeat Goldie’s Image by three lengths in the Listed The Phoenix (1400m) last start.
Norman is still mapping his exact path to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival but options for Lucky Tom include resuming in Brisbane and some early starts in Sydney before they head to Victoria.
Their first-up start is set for a three-year-old handicap at Doomben on August 23 but after that things are pretty open until mid-September when their Melbourne stable booking is scheduled.
“I will then have to make up my mind about what to do with him,” Norman said.
“I can run him again in Brisbane or go to Sydney on the way to Melbourne.
“He is booked in to the stables in Melbourne from September 16.”
They are being prepared for an ambitious double once they arrive in Melbourne however starting with the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) against their own kind on October 11.
Heading into that they are likely to run in the traditional lead-up with Norman tentatively locking in the $175,000 Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on September 28.
“The first race we have in mind for him in Melbourne is the Caulfield Guineas Prelude,” he said.
“If we went straight to Melbourne it would mean five weeks between runs.”
Caulfield Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are co-led by the JJ Atkins quinella with winner Almalad and runner-up Brazen Beau both paying $9.
Without any interstate form outside of a fourth on debut at Murwillumbah back in December, Lucky Tom is posted as an $81 roughie to score an upset Caulfield Guineas result.
But the dreams don’t stop at a Caulfield Guineas win with Norman also having nominated the gelding for a shot at the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25.
A three-year-old won last year’s Cox Plate with Shamus Award ridden by then apprentice Chad Schofield.
The Adelaide-trained Go Indy Go pays $19 to win the Cox Plate through Ladbrokes.com.au while Lucky Tom is one of the longest priced of the nominees right out to $201.
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