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Trainer Darren Weir has withdrawn veteran eight-year-old Lucky Hussler from Saturday’s 2018 Doomben 10,000 field due to injury with The Goodwood in Adelaide scheduled for the horse’s new first-up run.
Husson gelding Lucky Hussler was a roughie hope to salute fresh in the Group 1 $700,000 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane despite boasting three previous wins at the track.
A foot abscess has seen a setback to the $2.14 million earner’s late autumn racing return however with Lucky Hussler to be saved for Saturday week’s Group 1 $1 million The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville instead.
Dual Group 1 winner Lucky Hussler was last seen running sixth at the Gold Coast in mid-January’s $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m), a race he won back in 2016.
A noted first-up performer (12:4-0-1), the rising nine-year-old was engaged in the Doomben 10,000 field drawn the rails on Saturday for his first run at the track since 2014.
Weir has rescheduled his campaign kick-off for May 19 in The Goodwood 2018, which Lucky Hussler finished seventh to Flamberge in back in 2015.
He hasn’t raced in South Australia since, but Weir has enjoyed a nice recent record in The Goodwood taking out the feature Adelaide sprint with Platelet (2013) and Black Heart Bart (2016).
Pre-field The Goodwood odds at Ladbrokes.com.au list Lucky Hussler as a $21 chance, markets firmly led by the defending Lindsay Park-trained winner Vega Magic ($2.40) who hasn’t raced since a seventh to Redzel in last November’s Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).
Weir meanwhile is now without representation on Doomben 10,000 Day having also withdrawn his promising young stayer Lucky For All from the last – the Group 3 $125,000 Rough Habit Plate (2000m).
Instead the Tavistock gelding, who has won his past two starts, chases a hat-trick racing at Caulfield in the $120,000 Le Pine Funerals Handicap (2000m).
The Kiwi expat debuted across the Tasman running fourth in early January and is now undefeated down under having won on a Heavy (10) at Terang in mid-April and a Soft (5) at Warrnambool last time out.
Caulfield is currently rated a Soft (6) for Saturday’s meeting and Lucky For All is the odds-on favourite at $1.85 through Ladbrokes.com.au to keep the wins coming.
To back Lucky Hussler next race in Adelaide and to access the best updated Doomben 10,000 betting markets for Brisbane this weekend, led by Redzel ($2.30), head to Ladbrokes.com.au.
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