By Glenn Davis
Kiwi raider Shocking Luck staked his claims for next month’s Group 1 Queensland Derby with a decisive win in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate at Doomben on Saturday.
Shocking Luck, who is destined to do his future racing in Hong Kong, was never troubled in his 2-3/4 length win over local stayer Order Again.
Veladero was third, a further 1-1/4 lengths away.
Co-trainer Jamie Richards revealed Shocking Luck was recently bought by Hong Kong's Dr Philip Mak and would head overseas immediately after the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 10.
“We always thought he was a Queensland Derby type horse after he ran second in the Waikato Guineas,” Richards said.
“He subsequently was sold to Hong Kong to Philip and it’s a huge achievement for him.
“He’s now got an exciting horse.”
Shocking Luck is likely to take the traditional route to the Queensland Derby but Richards if hoping for dry tracks.
“He’s a typical New Zealand horse. He’s big and skinny but we feel he’ll be even better on top of the ground.”
Meanwhile Sydney trainer James Cummings has his sights on next month’s Group 2 Queensland Guineas following Good Standing’s impressive win in the Listed Queensland Day Stakes (1350m).
Good Standing, who finished a creditable seventh in last year’s Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington, proved too strong for his opposition by downing Sylpheed by 2-3/4 lengths.
Stable spokesman John Keogh was delighted with the three-year-old’s win which came off a close fifth to Shazee Lee in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1600m) on April 29.
“He’s a classy horse who has been progressing well since the spring,” Keogh said.
“We’ve got a few options but he’ll run in the Fred Best Classic at set weights in two weeks then we’ll look at our options.”
Next month’s Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm looks the logical race for the son of Artie Schiller.
Earlier former champion jockey Darren Beadman landed his first Queensland winner as interim head trainer for Godolphin when Maternal claimed the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1350m).
Beadman took charge of the powerful Godolphin operation in Australia last Sunday following the shock resignation of former trainer John O’Shea.
Maternal, ridden by Sydney jockey Brenton Avdulla, shot clear in the straight for a decisive three length win over local hope Double Impact.
“She was back in grade today and the trip to Queensland has helped her a lot,” said Avdulla.
“She won well at Sandown and I thought her last run at Hawkesbury was okay.”
Racing Queensland webnews May 13