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Lucky Omens looking for a reversal of fortunes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 December, 2013, 9:30pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 December, 2013, 9:33pm

Punters who lost their money on Lucky Omens on Wednesday night in the second race will be wanting to follow up next time on the beaten favourite after his race was ruined by interference for most of the final 600m.

When winner Ride With The Wind took off with several other runners as the tempo increased and the 2,200m race began in earnest, Chadwick tried to go with them on Lucky Omens but was cut out by Hei Hei Posh coming around his outside and moving in - a move that saw Karis Teetan suspended.

That check squeezed Lucky Omens back to the tail of the field at the wrong moment as his rivals were sprinting, but the four-year-old was starting to run on in the straight when he was again hampered by other runners.

While it reads as sixth of seven runners on paper, his performance was value for better than that and he could certainly have finished at least second to Ride With The Wind with better luck at crucial points of the race.

In Class Five, Ray Of Gold has looked an improved horse this season under the management of Me Tsui Yu-sak and his three runs in the bottom grade have indicated a win is coming sooner than later.

After being wide in his first-up run, Ray Of Gold found the line well second-up before Wednesday night's strong finish into fifth when jockey Gerald Mosse was deemed by stewards to have stopped riding too early and cost the gelding fourth.

Those three starts have been over 1,000m at Happy Valley, which hasn't looked the right track and distance for the four-year-old. Something longer and at a bigger track looks a more suitable assignment and punters will get a first look at Ray Of Gold under different circumstances when he backs up on Saturday, stepping up sharply to 1,600m at Sha Tin.

The longer distance should suit as he is a son of Good Journey, who has sired three top class gallopers in Australia including the West Australian Derby winner over 2,400m, Grand Journey, and one of the stars of the recent Melbourne carnival, Happy Trails, a dual Group One winner at 1,600m and 2,000m.

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