2016 Stradbroke Handicap Target for Lucky Tom

Weekend Doomben winner Lucky Tom will bypass the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival this year and instead be saved for a Stradbroke Handicap 2016 campaign next winter in Brisbane.

Lucky Tom

Lucky Tom will target the 2016 Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane next winter. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Harold Norman’s Gold Coast-based Lucky Owners four-year-old Lucky Tom had his 15th career start on the weekend racing in the $65,000 Racezone Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 6 Handicap (1350m).

Rounding out the Doomben card on Saturday, the race featured a quality 11 horse field with Lucky Tom jumping the red hot $2.15 favourite.

He carried only 50kg thanks to the apprentice claim of Rikki Jamieson and was able to salute for the punters in a one and a quarter length victory over Feltre ($4.80) with Harada Bay ($8.50) a close third.

Norman was full of post-win praise for Jamieson who has an excellent record on the horse.

“She has been with me the whole way through and is Lucky Tom’s regular rider,” he said.

“For someone who is linked with a small stable like mine she has a great strike-rate.”

“She should get plenty of chances with a two-kilogram claim this season.”

Lucky Tom came off two second place finishes over the same track and distance over the past month and was finally able to break through for his first win since taking out the Listed The Phoenix (1400m) at Eagle Farm in late May last year.

Norman took the youngster to Melbourne on the back of that form last spring where Lucky Tom had two failed runs at Caulfield when 11th to Rich Enuff in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and then 10th to Shooting To Win defeated 10 lengths in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

This time the horse won’t make a Melbourne appearance during the spring and will instead come back next year for a big Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign targeting the $1 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

“He won’t be going back this spring,” Norman said.

“Lucky Tom just wasn’t at his best last year in Melbourne but I do think he is a stakes horse.

“I will give him a break now and then a short campaign in the summer. But what we are really looking at is the Brisbane winter next year.”

Queensland’s richest race, the Stradbroke is traditionally held over 1400m at Eagle Farm Racecourse but this year was run over 1350m at Doomben due to the ongoing Eagle Farm renovations.

Norman said it was a nice target for his galloper who would be suited to a light weight and on-the-speed run in the classic.

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