No Dice has come back a different mare this year following a frustrating spring campaign for trainer Sarah Evans earlier this season.
The 4yo daughter of Bradbury’s Luck was a good third to Leica Jaguar (War Chant) first-up a fortnight ago and went right on with the job in the TABtouch Westspeed Hcp (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
She was four lengths off the lead at the furlong but responded to a well-timed ride by Willie Pike to score running away from Glasgow Girl (Rogano). It was her first win since a Belmont double in 3yo company twelve months ago.
“I put a line through her last prep,” Evans revealed. “We got caught chasing a win and it just didn’t work out.
“I was a bit worried before she came back in but her attitude has been brilliant.
“She’s fresh and happy and was fitter for that first-up placing. I was fairly confident as long as she clocked the same sectionals as last time.
“Pikey put her exactly where she needed to be and gave her time to wind up. She’s a tough, consistent mare and even though there’s not much of her, you would love a barn full of them.”
No Dice (Photo / Western Racepix) is by former Yarradale Stud sire Bradbury’s Luck from Can’t Afford (Soldier’s Tale) who is a half-sister to G2 Maribyrnong Plate winner Happy Giggle (Rory’s Jester). The dam’s latest foal is a yearling filly by Gingerbread Man.
Later on Saturday, Gunmetal Grey slipped at the start of the LR Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) and wasn’t disgraced when beaten a length into fourth. The Bradbury’s Luck mare was coming off a victory in the Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m) on Good Friday and she has been flying the flag for her sire since Burnya To Survive was sidelined with sore front feet after winning the LR Bunbury Stakes (1400m) last month.
Bradbury’s Luck’s final crop are foals and among them is the Scenic Lodge-bred colt out of Keep Quiet (Scandal Keeper) who was runner-up to Luke’s Luck in the 2012 editions of the G2 Karrakatta Plate and G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes.
The best of her foals to date has been Crystal Slipper Stakes winner Keeper Keen (Sebring) who later transferred to Hong Kong where he won races as Diamond Rhyme for trainer Frankie Lor.