Major Lucky for NSW

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Major Lucky has been withdrawn from the $150,000 Commodore Airport Hotel 2YO Harness Jewels Emerald at Ashburton on June 3 after failing to stay in touch with his former All Stars stablemates at Addington this month.

“He has gone to Robbie Morris in Sydney as he purchased him (for owner Greg Brodie). I was just looking after him,” said Overport Lodge trainer, Mark Jones.

A well-developed Art Major half-brother to last  season’s top NZ 2YO More The Better, Major Lucky was race-placed in 1:54.9 in NZ and shouldn’t be hard to place in New South Wales.

He won a maiden for the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen All Stars Stable at Invercargill on April 2.

He ran a 5.1 lengths third to The Devils Own and All U Need Is Faith in the third Garrards Sires Stakes Heat at Addington on April 21.

Major Lucky paced 2:17.7 for the 1950m, but had to settle for eighth in the $195,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Open Pace, won by The Devils Own in a record 2:16.3 (1:52.4 mile rate) at Addington on May 12.

He wound up his NZ racing with a sixth to top 2YO Spankem in last Friday’s $156,400 Garrards NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Final.



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NZ METRO TC, Friday, May 26

Race 2: SPOOKY (6, Wayne Higgs) & BETTOR UNDER FIRE (13, Laura McKay),  mob. 1950m:

“Spooky ran an improved trial on Monday and each-way chance.”

“Bettor Under Fire is fresh up. He’s been bit crook so hopefully over it and will need luck.”

INVERCARGILL HRC, Saturday, May 27

Race 1: POMME ROY (7, Blair Orange), mob. 1700m: “He gets in the right race to start off. He’s completely sound and just had a wind op previously. He seems good but has been off the track for a long time so will improve with run.”

RANGIORA HRC, Sunday, May 28

Rocknroll Nevin, a likely improver for Rangiora on Sunday.

Race 4: SMOKE N REACTOR (6, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2000m: “First-up in a nice field but is improving all the time.”

Race 5: ROCKNROLL NEVIN (10, Samantha Ottley), 2600m std: “Good fresh up in trial and average at Ashburton but has picked up and an each-way chance.”

Outside drives

Race 2: MR FAHRENHEIT (4), 2600m std: “Racing good and if he does things right is a winning chance but Kai Time trialled very good last week so looks a big danger.”

Race 10: BUSHIDO (4), mob. 2600m: “Pulled hard last week so beat himself. Looking for improved performance.”

NZ METRO TC, Friday, May 19

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NZ METRO TC, Friday, May 19

Castlereagh, and Samantha Ottley, an each-way chance in the $60,000 Lone Star Riccarton Sires Stakes 2YO Trot Champs at Addington on Friday night. (Race Images photo).



Race 5: CASTLEREAGH (7, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1950m: “Drawn bad and will need luck but providing he does things right he’s an each-way chance.”


Race 9: MAJOR LUCKY (9, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1950m: “Needing luck but we know he can’t threaten the favs.”




Race 12: GLENFERRIE CLASSIC (10, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1950m: “Drawn to need luck.”

Major Lucky trying to live up to name

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New Overport Lodge acquisiton Major Lucky is only likely to remain briefly in Canterbury for a crack at this month’s 2YO features.

While it is virtually impossible to improve the horse from top All Stars trainers, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, his connections are hoping he holds his form.

With a touch of luck he could pick up some useful money in those races for his new Gold Coast owner Greg Brodie.

“He (Major Lucky) seems fine. We know he is below the top ones so he’s just here for the PGG Yearling Sales race and the NZ Sires Stakes race, and if he makes the Jewels he’ll stay for it, but he will need to earn more money,” Mark said.

Unfortunately for Major Lucky’s cause, any money won from Friday night’s $200,000 Listed PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Open Pace won’t help his Jewels cause as winnings from such races don’t contribute to Jewels qualifying.

However, any earnings from next week’s $170,000 Garrards NZ Sires Stakes Final at Addington will be added to his qualifying Jewels total.

Major Lucky, a half-brother by Art Major to last season’s top All Stars juvenile More The Better (1:53.3, eight wins & 10 placings from 19 starts for $435,207), is currently 12th on the leaderboard for the $150,000 Harness Jewels 2YO Emerald at Ashburton on June 4.

He’s earned $9900 from a win, a third, and two fourths, in six starts.

Major Lucky, was race-timed in 1:54.9 (1609m) when fourth first-up behind The Brooklyn Brawler in the NZ Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham on Mar 4.

He subsequently won a maiden third-up at Invercargill on April 2, beating consistent maiden Lilac Flash in 2:45.6 (2200m).

Major Lucky did enough to enter the Sires Stakes frame when a five lengths third to former stablemates, The Devils Own and All U Need Is Faith, in a Garrards Sires Stakes Heat at Addington on April 21, the winner clocking a fast 2:19.9 (1:55.4 mile rate) for the 1950m.


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NZ METRO TC, Friday, May 12

Race 8: DELIGHTFUL MEMPHIS (10, Blair Orange), mob. 1950m: “Gets an ideal draw to fill a top three placing again.”

Race 10: MAJOR LUCKY (12, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1950m: “Will need luck from a bad draw and is a notch below the top ones.”

Race 11: WHITTAKER (9, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1950m: “Has drawn bad but gets a nice race and an each-way chance.”

Outside drive

Race 4: BUSHIDO (4), mob. 2600m: “Will be tougher up in grade but won well last week. Hopefully he’ll handle it.”

WINTON HRC, Saturday, May 13

Eyre I Come, luckless in the Rowe Cup last start at Auckland on April 28 and heads south for a suitable free-for-all trot at Winton on Saturday.




Race 8: EYRE I COME (7, Blair Orange), mob. 2400m: “Gets in a good race but Dark Horse is very smart. He should be top three player.”


TIMARU HRC, Sunday, May 14

Race 2: BELLE OF BROOKLYN (SCR), mob. 2000m: ”

Race 7: BETTOR UNDER FIRE (SCR), 2600m std:

Outside drive

Race 1: MR FAHRENHEIT (5), 2600m std: “Solid both starts to date and an each-way chance.


FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, May 11

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FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, May 11

Race 8: KOWHAI WHIZ (9, Craig Ferguson), 1, 40m, 2700m std: “He didn’t trot as good as he can last week at Addington but its a good race for him to find some form down there.”

Ice Crusher wins at Redcliffe

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Former Overport Lodge pacer Ice Crusher, sold out of the Mark Jones stable last month, was a first-up winner in Queensland at Redcliffe on Thursday, May 4.

Ice Crusher, a winner first-up in Australia at Redcliffe, Queensland, on Thursday, May 4.

The 4YO Christian Cullen-Helena Kilena gelding was caught three wide early from the second row then led over the last lap as a short $1.80 favourite for new trainer Darrell Graham.

Ice Crusher won by 8.2 metres in a 1:59.2 rate for the 2040m, pacing his last 800m in 59.2s and closing 400m in 29.4s.

He earlier won two and was three times placed in 15 starts for Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones, but didn’t fulfill his initial promise here.

At his second start, he won the Listed PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Consolation at Addington in a 2:01.6 rate (1950m), holding Hickstead over his last 800m in 55.5s.


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NZ METRO TC, Friday, May 5

Kowhai Whiz,looking to make the most of contesting a seven horse field at Addington on Friday night.


Race 6: KOWHAI WHIZ (5, Samantha Ottley), 2, 30m, 2600m std: “With only seven in it, its as good a race for him as we can find for him at Addington. Hopefully he can improve on Sunday’s run at Invercargill.”


Outside drive


Race 2: LANIKAI (8), mob. 2600m: “Racing good and has the highest rating (65) in the race so should be hard to beat.”

RANGIORA HRC, Sunday, May 7

Race 3: SPOOKY (10, Wayne Higgs), mob. 2000m: “Hasn’t raced since January and fresh-up without a workout so looking for luck.”

Race 5: CASTLEREAGH (8, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2000m: “Went good last week at Ashburton and a good each-way show.”

Race 6: BELLE OF BROOKLYN (5, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2000m: “Broke again last start at Addington but a place chance if she does everything right.”


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TIMARU HRC @ ADDINGTON, Thursday, April 27

Race 1: BELLE OF BROOKLYN (1, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1950m: “Has been making mistakes, which isn’t like her, but I think she should be running third in this.”

Outside drives

Race 4: BUSHIDO (3), mob. 1950m: “Knocked over last start and a big winning chance.”

Race 8: ARTICULIGHT (13), mob. 1950m: “Not racing as good as he can but on his day can beat this field.”

AUCKLAND TC, Friday, April 28

Race 8: EYRE I COME (17, Brent Mangos), UR 3, 3200m std: “Is racing super. Its an even race and a winning show like many in the race.”

ASHBURTON TC, Saturday, April 29

Race 3: CASTLEREAGH (13, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1609m: “Will need luck from draw but a good each-way chance.”

INVERCARGILL HRC, Sunday, April 30

Race 3: CRYSTAL CAPTRICE (11, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2200m: “Maiden on the way up and a place show.”

Glenferrie Classic. winner of the Alabar Cromwell Cup in January, and a contender for the $25,000 bMAC Sheetmetal Southern Country Cups Final at Invercargill on Sunday.


Race 5: KOWHAI WHIZ (11, Samantha Ottley), 1, 30m, 2700m std: “A victim of new handicapping system so hard to place.”


Race 7: WHITTAKER (3, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2700m: “Drawn to go forward and a good show.”


Race 8: GLENFERRIE CLASSIC (5, Samantha Ottley), 2700m std: “If she begins and can lead she’s a winning hope.”


Race 9: DELIGHTFUL MEMPHIS (2, Blair Orange), mob. 2700m: “Is racing great and this is a good contest between three very good fillies so just looking for no bad luck.”

RANGIORA HRC, Sunday, April 23

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RANGIORA HRC, Sunday, April 23

Race 5: WHITTAKER (6, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2000m: “Racing good and an each-way chance in a suitable race.”

Race 9: KOWHAI WHIZ (7, Robbie Close), mob. 2000m: “He’s won over the trip before at Rangiora but its an even form field so looking for luck.”