Lucky local wins Mt Gambier Gold Cup

Westbury Park stallion Lucky Unicorn maintained his momentum in cups and classics when Luckzat won the Mt Gambier Gold Cup (2400m) on Friday.

Luckzat (5m Lucky Unicorn – Zatsalady by Zabeel) is trained by Wayne Walters and was ridden to victory by his daughter Kate.  The local mare flew home from last at the half-mile to defeat last year’s winner Mickiem by a long-head.

It was her second feature this month following another whirlwind finish to win the Millicent Cup (2100m) on May 4.  A day before that result, the Gary Moore trained gelding Pak Lok Angel scored an on-pace victory for Lucky Unicorn in the Macau Goodwill Cup (1500m).

His classic filly Rock Diva was an eye-catching sixth in the G2 Doomben Roses (2000m) on Saturday and will be primed in time for the G1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) in a fortnight.  She won the G3 Sunline Vase at Ellerslie and ran third in the G1 NZ Oaks at Trentham before crossing the Tasman.

Lucky Unicorn’s unbeaten two year-old Caduceus is being set for the G1 Victorian Derby on November 1.  “The Kiwis have got a good record in it and he won’t have any trouble staying,” trainer Paul Shailer predicted.  “He’s a pretty unassuming character and is in the paddock now.”

Caduceus is a homebred for brothers John and Dean Brescacin who raced his dam French Lion with Mark Kavanagh.  She had won at her only start at Bendigo in August 2009.

“He sat three deep at Waverley with no cover and the horse he beat came out and won at Trentham,” Shailer said.  “Then at Ellerslie, they walked early and sprinted home so to come from last was a massive effort.”

I’ll’ava’alf is another Lucky Unicorn being considered for a big-race assignment in November.

“The New Zealand Cup is in the back of our minds,” trainer Karen Fursdon said after his latest win at Hastings.  “We will race him very sparingly over winter so that he’s peaking for Riccarton.”

Lucky Unicorn is a stakes winning son of Redoute’s Choice and stood his first Sunspeed season at Westbury Park in Pinjarra last year.