The Anthony Cummings trained colt Rhode Assassin has given one-time Coolmore Stud shuttler Lookin At Lucky his first winner in Australian winner.
Rhode Assassin (2c Lookin At Lucky – Rhode Island Red by Tale Of The Cat) was successful at the fifth time of asking in the Grahams Express Transport Maiden (1500m) at Newcastle on Saturday. He cost $60,000 at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions and is from a USA bred half-sister to Group 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes winner Habibti.
Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike) was a Group 1 winner of the 2009 Del Mar Futurity, Norfolk Stakes and Cashcall Futurity at two and the Preakness Stakes and Haskell Invitational as a three year-old.
Coolmore Stud stood him for a $33,000 (inc gst) fee and he covered 102 mares in the Hunter Valley in 2011. Initially advertised for second season out here, he was re-routed to Chile just days before he was due to shuttle again in July 2012.
His sire Smart Strike (Mr Prospector) died at Lane’s End Farm on Wednesday. A two-time North American champion sire, his 113 stakes winners include dual Horse of the Year Curlin.
Lookin At Lucky’s first Kentucky bred crop are three year-olds and include recent LR Sunland Park Oaks winner Maybellene and Saturday’s LR Louisiana Derby winner Four Leaf Chief.