HUSSON gelding Lucky Hussler opened the door to potential Group 1 success this spring after waltzing away with the Group 3 VRC Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last week, this week it is Husson Eagle’s turn.
The Darren Weir recruit Lucky Hussler has thrived since arriving at the trainer’s Wangoom headquarters with three consecutive placings including in the Listed Drummond Golf Stakes and Tavern Stakes (by 0.2-lens) in the lead-up to his booming triumph at Caulfield.
Lucky Hussler’s 3.3-lens Moonga win was bursting with merit given that the horse drew barrier 13 of 14 and was back at the tail for the most part before powering past his rivals to score.
“The horse has been racing really well. Last start, when he got to the front, he looked like he needed blinkers and we obviously put them on at the right time and go the right result,” Weir said.
“Probably also riding him a bit quieter made a difference and that was a terrific ride. He went at the right time and he put them away.
“He is in good order so I guess we will go ahead with the Emirates. I reckon he deserves a shot at it. He will get in well at the weights and all of his runs for us have been good.
“I will send him down to the boys at the beach again for a break. They have done a great job and we could not do it without them,” he said.
Lucky Hussler’s win caps off a great spring period (so far) for Vinery resident Husson.
Just three days prior to Lucky Hussler’s effort, Husson 3YO Husson Eagle finished third in the Listed MRC Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
It was the second slice of black-type for the Patrick Payne-trained colt who was a nose runner-up in the Listed VRC Sports 1000 (1000m) at Flemington on debut when bumped at the start and a conspicuous last until as last at the 400m. Husson Eagle heads to Flemington this week to take on some of the best 3yo sprinters in the Coolmore at Flemington.
One of the best 3yo milers Looks Like The Cat is back in the paddock having added to his reputation with some sterling efforts throughout the spring notably his 0.2-lens 2nd in the Group 2 VRC Danehill Stakes (1200m) followed by his 2nd to star colt Rich Enuff in the Group 3 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
The flashy chestnut was the find of the Winter canrival when placed in the Group 1 BRC J. J. Atkins Stakes, Group 2 BRC Sire’s Produce Stakes and Group 2 BRC Champagne Stakes at his second, third and fourth starts respectively.