Pluck bucks Heavy 8 in Hunter Valley

Vinery stallion Pluck sired his 7th first-crop winner with Happy Go Plucky at Cessnock’s Jungle Juice Cup meeting on Tuesday.

The Allan Denham trained youngster settled midfield second-up on a Heavy 8 and then found a split at the top of the straight to hold out And There Is More (Mossman) in the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism 2YO Hcp (1150m).

Happy Go Plucky went out at double-figure odds after struggling on a bottomless track at Muswellbrook last month.  “That was a big improvement on his debut run,” jockey Robert Thompson said.  “He goes all right and might have a nice future.”

Happy Go Plucky (2g Pluck – Dirty by Hussonet) was bred by Vinery partner Greg Perry and is a half-brother to minor winners by Northern Meteor and Congrats.  Their dam Dirty won a LR Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben.

“I didn’t think he was ready today so it was a good win,” Denham admitted.  “The owners are friends of mine from Queensland and they backed him each-way.  He’s still immature and I will probably send him out for a spell now.”

Pluck (USA) stands alongside his sire More Than Ready at Vinery for a $9,900 (inc gst) service fee.