Lucky More (122lb) is out for revenge in Saturday’s Class 3 Long Valley Handicap (1000m) when he will again face off against Duke Wai (128lb), the horse who rattled late to mug him of a debut victory early last month.
Danny Shum’s charge has since put his first-up woes behind him. Four weeks ago, the three-year-old lived up to his reputation with a comfortable four-and-a-quarter length win under Zac Purton and the champion jockey is taking nothing for granted as he heads into the rematch with Duke Wai.
“He beat me fair and square, there was no fluke about his win and he gave me a big start and it sort of defied belief really to come from where he did to be able to win,” Purton said.
“If Duke Wai gets out of the gates a little bit better and is within striking distance he’s definitely the one to beat again.”
Duke Wai has also won since and finds himself 2lb better off from that first meeting, with Lucky More coming in off a 14-point rise in the ratings.
“Lucky More took a lot of improvement out of his first-up run – he really got driven mad in that race and I suppose it cleaned his wind out nice and proper because the next start he was able to go through his gears a bit more comfortably and get the job done – it was a nice effort,” Purton said.
The More Than Ready colt wasn’t pressure free on debut as a 1.5 favourite, racing alongside Flying Genius for most of the straight before beating him off for sixth, only to be bloused late by Duke Wai. That form received another boost on Wednesday when Flying Genius bagged his second win in a row.