Lucky Secret set for millionaire status
There isn’t a better horse in Australia over 1000 metres around a bend.
Ben Asgari profiles gun sprinter Lucky Secret as he heads west for the Winterbottom Stakes this weekend.
The Tony Vasil trained sprinter, Lucky Secret is set to become the latest member of the million dollar club should he run first or second in the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.
Vasil decided on making the trip to Perth as a guide to potentially taking the horse overseas in the future.
The six-year-old gelding has only had 23 career starts due to ongoing hoof and general soundness issues. But he's racked up an impressive $950,000 in prize money and is a three time group two winner.
Vasil has been quoted as saying he thought this horse could have been anything had he not had injury concerns as a younger horse.
Lucky Secret was unlucky not to have added that elusive group one victory to his CV in the Oakleigh Plate last autumn when just failing to hold off the challenge of Swiss Ace in the last few bounds.
There isn't a better horse in Australia over 1000 metres around a bend. This was evident when Luckey Secret smashed the Caulfield track record in the Schillaci, finishing over two lengths ahead of Apache Cat in second place.
Lat start, he managed to maintain his speed past six furlongs for the first time in the Listed Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) at Betfair Park.
Nash Rawiller will be out to add to his impressive record on the horse, which currently reads four rides for three stakes wins.
He should be full of confidence after his Railway Stakes success last weekend, and after drawing barrier eight of the fifteen horse field, he has the option to either lead or take a sit depending on the early pace.
Lucky Secret is currently trading as a $3.60 favourite on Betfair and that looks a good price provided he can overcome the travel and settle in Perth without any major concerns.
The biggest danger could be fellow Victorian Ortensia, which is something of a layer's best friend. She didn't run out the mile last week, but if she can freshen up well enough after the week's break, she is a genuine winning chance.
Remember she did finish ahead of Lucky Secret at the Valley over this distance on Cox Plate day after being blocked for a run for most of the straight.