The decision by connections to run Lucky Hussler in the 2015 William Reid Stakes paid off in spades when the talented galloper swooped home late to take out the Group 1 event at Moonee Valley tonight.
Lucky Hussler’s owners were originally keen to see him return to racing in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick next Saturday, but jockey Glen Boss revealed after the race that he was able to convince connections to give the five-year-old an opportunity in the William Reid Stakes.
“I was pretty confident and I said to Weiry that I could not believe the price that this horse is because he is a pretty dynamic sprinter,” Boss said.
“I actually had a five minute phone calls with the owners to convince them to run, they weren’t going to run and were going to go to the T.J. first-up, but I said that ‘there is $240,000 here for someone to take and I reckon he is the horse’.
“I finally talked them into running and he drew the right barrier, got the right run and I am so happy to get this result.”
Lucky Hussler was slow out of the gates and Boss was forced to settle the Husson gelding at the tail of the field in the early stages of the race, while Vain Queen, Rebel Dane and Angelic Light all got a lovely run in the first half of the field.
Vain Queen hit the front at the top of the straight and looked like the winner, but Boss was able to find clear running on Lucky Hussler and the five-year-old stormed home late to record a maiden win at the highest level of racing.
“He just wouldn’t stand up for me, but it worked out and he was always going to be in that spot where he was regardless of how he jumped,” Boss said.
“I had a lot of faith in this horse, he has a very good turn-of-pace when you let him go and once he worked himself into the clear he put them away pretty quickly and it was an establish group of sprinters.”
Lucky Hussler started his racing career under the care of Kent Fleming in Queensland and he was a consistent performer, but he has gone to another level under the tutelage of trainer Darren Weir.
The talented sprinter/miler took out the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) and he finished second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), but Weir believes that William Reid Stakes placegetter is an even better horse this campaign.
“He ran terrific (in the Emirates Stakes) and he came back better this prep,” Weir said.
“He worked terrific on Monday and he brought that work here tonight.
“It has been a great thrill.”
Lucky Hussler has been included in the first acceptances for the T.J. Smith Stakes that will be held at Royal Randwick on the opening day of The Championships and he is expected to make the trip to Queensland for races like the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
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