All Pluck is on a hat-trick after providing apprentice Lani Fancourt with her first city win back from injury on Wednesday.
The Pluck (USA) gelding powered home from last on the corner for a half-length victory in the Mount Franklin Hcp (1110m) at Doomben. He had won at the Sunshine Coast on March 2.
Trainer Tony Gollan took time out to thank owner-breeder Jim Atkinson as the winner returned to scale. “Many of the stable’s horses spell with Jim at Furlong Stud. He does a brilliant job ensuring that they are happy, healthy and in a great mindset before commencing pre-training.”
All Pluck has returned to racing in consistent form following a break at the Greenmount property. He was narrowly beaten first and second-up at Ipswich before back-to-back victories this month.
Atkinson bred him by using Vinery sire Pluck over his top-class filly Brief Embrace (Irgun). She won the 2002 Blue Diamond Prelude Gr.3 and beat all bar Bel Esprit in that year’s Blue Diamond Stakes Gr.1.
Life On The Wire is on a double hat-trick following her victory in the Vamos Stakes Gr.3 last month. It was the Pluck mare’s fifth win in a row at home in Tasmania and Sandown Hillside.
“After a good piece of trackwork last week, I’ve decided to take her back to Melbourne,” trainer Scott Brunton said. “We will throw her in at the deep end and tackle the Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley.”
The $200,000 Sunline Stakes Gr.2 will be run at weight-for-age over 1600m on Friday week, March 23.
Awesome Pluck is another Pluck with a big-ticket test looming in the $500,000 Country Championships Final (1400m) at Randwick on April 7. He qualified after finishing second to stablemate Victorem at Port Macquarie last month.
Vinery sold Awesome Pluck for $68,000 at the 2016 Inglis Classic Sale. His owner Dale Miller was offered $1 million by a Hong Kong agent after a Taree maiden win last year but knocked it back.
“Hugh Bowman told me to just get him back to kindergarten after he ran fourth at Randwick in January,” trainer Jenny Graham said. “He was racing a bit fiercely so we took him home and he’s learning to settle.
“He’s got ability and, if things go right, a very good turn of foot.”