Traveller heading right way

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 September, 2000, 12:00am

Given the way a number of runners closed strongly in last night's penultimate contest it could be easy to miss the merit of the run of the Francis Lui-trained Traveller Star.

The progressive four-year-old son of Blues Traveller didn't look an apprentice's ride as he took charge of the five-pound claimer Vincent Sit shortly after the start in race eight. He pulled his way to the front and from there on was in a torrid duel with the confirmed front-runner Well Express.

Traveller Star was able to kick a couple of lengths clear at the top of the straight but he had spent far too much energy in the first three-quarters and was unable to sustain his effort in the last 200, weakening to finish behind Victory Drum and Smartlord. But the run will have done him good and he would be a very interesting prospect if reunited with a senior jockey. Last season he went well for Frenchman Eric Legrix, whose ability to settle virtually anything is well documented.

Indeed, before Traveller Star encountered minor training problems towards the end of last season, he'd notched a win, two seconds and a third for the top-class Legrix. LCW