Value-added gift for Vinery

Happy Go Plucky has gifted Vinery a value-added victory in TAB Hcp (2200m) at Eagle Farm.

He’s by Vinery sire Pluck (USA) and the Scone nursery has catalogued his half-brother by Sebring as Lot 522 for the Gold Coast Magic Millions on Thursday, January 10.

Pluck and Sebring are both sons of Vinery legend More Than Ready.

Gold Coast trainer John Gilmore sent Happy Go Plucky to Brisbane last Saturday after a win on his home track earlier this month.  He also part-owns the $200,000 earner and that’s a profitable mark-up on a $7,300 price-tag from Vinery’s draft to the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

Happy Go Plucky and the Sebring colt are from Vo Rogue Plate LR winner Dirty (Hussonet).  She is owned by Vinery partner Greg Perry and has also foaled Sydney stakes-performer Cabeza de Vaca.

Awesome Pluck doubled up for Pluck when racing returned to Eagle Farm and his narrow victory triggered a long-range tip from visiting trainer Jenny Graham.

Back in Brisbane for another successful hit-and-raid from Port Macquarie, Graham reckoned Awesome Pluck can measure up to her stable star Victorem who won the Lough Neagh Stakes LR at Doomben on December 15.

“He will head for a short spell before getting ready for the NSW Country Championships in the autumn,” Graham said.  “”It isn’t that far away and he will probably then come back here for the winter carnival.”

Awesome Pluck will only have one trial leading into the Port Macquarie qualifier on Sunday, February 17.  The $500,000 Country Championships Final will be held at Randwick on Saturday April 6.

Graham trains Awesome Pluck for NSW north-coast businessman Dale Miller and he’s knocked back several offers from Hong Kong while pocketing $325,725 from 4 wins in 11 starts.  He had changed hands for $68,000 when offered by Vinery at the 2016 Inglis Classic Sale.