Trainer Trevor Andrews is confident Lucky Street will be more than competitive in the G1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on November 21.
The Oratorio colt returned to winning form as an even-money favourite in the Perth Racing Membership Hcp (1200m) on Saturday. Perth’s Champion 2YO last season had been beaten at his first two starts since returning from a winter spell.
“I’ve been pleased with his progress despite those losses,” Andrews said. “He blew the start first-up and was still fresh when he just got beaten by Silverstream last time.
“I didn’t miss him this week and he still put on weight. That win will tighten him up and I will keep the work up to him until Super Saturday.
“I told Shaun (McGruddy) to be positive without being aggressive today. He travelled well and ran a good time and we’re hoping he will scrape into the Winterbottom Stakes.”
Buffering is the pre-post favourite at $4.60 and Lucky Street is on the second line at $6.50. The Queensland champion won the 2013 Winterbottom and he will be spotting the local colt 6kg under the weight-for-age scale.
The last three year-old to win Perth’s feature sprint was Hardrada in 2002.
Lucky Street (3c Oratorio – Rumours by Umatilla) was a $75,000 buy from Mungrup Stud at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions and has earned $686,350 for a syndicate that includes Andrews, Ken Gregson, Isaac Cohen and Ross Drage.
He spearheaded Oratorio to a fifth WA 2YO title last season with runaway victories in the Magic Millions Classic and G2 Karrakatta Plate. Mungrup Stud stands Oratorio for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.