Well-bred youngster has a bright future
Caspar Fownes' youngster Lucky Together showed some potential as a griffin last season and is on the verge of breaking through following a game second in the Nam Long Sha Handicap on a Wednesday night at Happy Valley.
Lucky Together showcased good speed before his inexperience and condition gave way in each of his three outings last season. He had opened his career on April 25 with a tiring 61/4-length effort behind exciting Bear Hero, before a four-length margin separated him and Full Tank over 1,200m on May 29 and his season concluded on June 11 with a length showing behind exciting Croesus and Wah May Star back over the 1,000m.
The three-year-old warmed up for the run with a nice trial nine days back on the all-weather track where he kept up a good gallop near the speed behind Merry Towkay under the guidance of apprentice Vincent Ho Chak-yiu and the same combination sprung the gates this time from 1,200m chute.
He quickly mustered from gate eight to lead the Class Four contest after 250m, had to shake off pressure from Caga Spirit at the 600m, before booting clear by nearly two lengths approaching the 200m, but was unable to hold off the powerful surge of Sammy's Falcon over the final 50m to come up a 21/4-length second.
The gelding is a well-bred product of the proven Group One Golden Slipper winning sire Danzero, who has been represented by 24 winners from 33 starters, including smart sprinter Happy Zero; mated to the pattern rich family of the unraced Cherokee Run mare Treble Tone, who is closely related to such European stars Zafonic (2,000 Guineas winner), Elmaamul (Phoenix Champion Stakes and Eclipse Stakes) and Reams Of Verse (The Oaks and Ascot Fillies Mile).
Lucky Together should come on further for the outing and will take a power of beating over a sprint at either track.
And from a dam by the speedball Cherokee Run, who was a Breeders' Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse winner in America as Champion Sprinter, Lucky Together should prove one to follow trip on the all-weather surface as well.
Off an opening mark of 53, the brown gelding has plenty of room to move up the ratings and that will mean more than a highlight moment or two this season for his owner Cheung Pui Chu, whose best previous runner from three starters was Luckyme, who climbed the ratings ladder from a mark of 52 to a peak mark of 97 following five wins and was also fifth in the Hong Kong Derby Trial in 2008.