Villiers Stakes 2017 Right Race for Mighty Luck Change

December 15, 2017

Villiers Stakes 2017 Right Race for Mighty Luck Change

Jockey Chris O’Brien believes Saturday’s 2017 Villiers Stakes is the right race for a return to winning form for the Fred Cowell-trained galloper Mighty Lucky.

Mighty Lucky

Mighty Lucky is a genuine roughie chance in 2017 Villiers Stakes betting at Royal Randwick this weekend in Sydney. Photo: Daniel Costello.

At odds with his name, Casino Prince eight-year-old Mighty Lucky has in fact been pretty luckless this Sydney Summer Racing Carnival.

At Hawkesbury two back the veteran warhorse copped a number of bad checks on the home straight eventually running fourth in the Listed Ladies Day Plate (1400m).

Last time out the gelding raced at Rosehill Gardens on December 2 and again things failed to go his way when a length away fourth to the Gary Portelli-trained Testashadow in the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) on a rain-affected track.

O’Brien partners Mighty Lucky for the third time on the trot this weekend heading to Royal Randwick for the weight-for-age Group 2 $250,000 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m) and believes his mount could be in for a reverse of fortunes.

“He’s raced pretty well all prep but without a lot of luck,” O’Brien told Racing NSW.

“He was interfered quite badly down the running at Hawkesbury, it probably doesn’t show as much on the head on as it did on the back shot.

“He was skittled five or six times that day and still picked himself up to run fourth.

“In the Festival he just didn’t handle the track. He never travelled at any stage but when I asked him to go he tried to quicken.”

An always-honest galloper for the Gosford-based Cowell, Mighty Lucky chases his first win since the Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup (1615m) at Doomben in May of 2016.

He bypassed last year’s Villiers Stakes, but contested the 2015 edition running just over two lengths back third to Happy Clapper as a $21 roughie.

That was sandwiched between his wins in that year’s Festival Stakes, over subsequent 2017 Doncaster Mile winner It’s Somewhat, and Boxing Day’s Group 3 $150,000 Summer Cup (2000m) that could be on the agenda again this year.

O’Brien has his 17th start on Mighty Lucky in the Villiers Stakes field for 2017 and after partnering the horse in a nice piece of trackwork this week is confident the horse will run better than his outside price suggests.

“I can’t fault him at home, all his work has been great,” the hoop said.

“He galloped Tuesday over 1000m and went brilliant for him.

“He’s not a super track worker but just a good old tradesman.

“He’s ticked all the boxes leading up to it and gets in with a good weight (55kg) for a change.

“Hopefully he can crack it, it’s the right race to do it.”

Villiers Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has the in-form Godolphin galloper Interlocuter at $3.50 to make it four on the trot from a favourable barrier four draw.

Mighty Lucky can be found much further down the Villiers Stakes odds at $21.

To back your Villiers Stakes 2017 betting selections at the right price this weekend head to our preferred online sportsbook Ladbrokes.com.au.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

2021 Caulfield Guineas Nominat...

Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 Nomin...

Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 Nominations Feature 153 Entries

The 2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate nominations, taken on Tuesday, attracted 153...

2021 Caulfield Cup Nominations...

2021 Caulfield Cup Nominations Attract 170 Entries

Nominations for the Caulfield Cup 2021 closed today, Tuesday August 3, with...

2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations...

2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations Draw 174 Stayers

Early entries for the Spring Cups were taken today, Tuesday August 3, with the...

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field & Betting Update: Aysar Odds-On To Win

The punters only have eyes for one horse in the 2020 Sandown Guineas this...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Caloundra Cup Day Abandon...

America’s Breeders’...

America’s Breeders’ Cup Calls WJ Healy 2021 Winner Away Game

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Away Game was back in winning...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Tofane and Williams Win Again

The decision by star hoop Craig Williams to remain in Queensland aboard the...

Incentivise New Melbourne Cup ...

Incentivise New Melbourne Cup Favourite After 12 Length Tatt’s Cup Win

In his last run for trainer Steve Tregea, outstanding stayer Incentivise shot...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara Day: Eagle Farm Scratchings & Track Report

The action of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and Group 1 racing for the...

Race Results

America’s Breeders’ Cup Calls WJ Healy 2021 Winner Away Game

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Tofane and Williams Win Again

Incentivise New Melbourne Cup Favourite After 12 Length Tatt’s Cup Win

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Tofane Upsets Vega One, Signore Fox Third

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

Race Previews

2021 Caulfield Guineas Nominations: Anamoe Leads All-In Betting

Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 Nominations Feature 153 Entries

2021 Caulfield Cup Nominations Attract 170 Entries

Sunday’s Updated 2021 Winx Guineas Field & Odds

Stockman Odds-On In Updated 2021 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting

Fields & Form

2021 Caulfield Guineas Nominations: Anamoe Leads All-In Betting

Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 Nominations Feature 153 Entries

2021 Caulfield Cup Nominations Attract 170 Entries

2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations Draw 174 Stayers

Sunday’s Updated 2021 Winx Guineas Field & Odds