Talented juvenile Lucky Tomled all the way to score an impressive victory in the 2014 The Phoenix at Eagle Farm this Saturday.
Lucky Tom jumped straight to the lead, with apprentice jockey Rikki Jamieson on board, and controlled the race from the outset to record a very comfortable win from Goldie’s Image, Our Rock O’Reilly and the slightly disappointing favourite Elitist.
Jamieson partnered Lucky Tom when he romped to a dominant four lengths win in the Burgess Auto Repair Centre Maiden (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast on May 18 and the rising hoop said that the son of Lucky Owners had taken plenty of confident out of the easy win.
“He has been working really, really lovely and after his last run the penny dropped with him and he just proved it today,” Jamieson said.
“He ran a really nice second in a midweek on Wednesday a couple of starts before that and the one that beat him was pretty outstanding and he is pretty gritty.
“It is pretty exciting and I can’t complain.”
Colourful trainer Harold Norman was delighted with the victory and revealed that he was incredibly confidence about the chances of Lucky Tom in The Phoenix heading into the race.
Lucky Tom started at the juicy odds of $20, but Norman had no hesitation in declaring the two-year-old as one of the biggest certainties that he had ever seen at the races following his last start win at the Sunshine Coast.
“That was very good and I am very pleased,” Norman said.
“I thought that he was the biggest certainty that I had ever seen come to a racecourse today.
“Didn’t you blokes watch him last Sunday week?
“Nobody wanted to ring and talk to me before the race, I had my little apprentice on and nobody wanted to talk to me today, but this time next year they will be talking.”
Lucky Tom has jumped straight to the lead in his past two starts, but Norman believes that the juvenile will learn to take a sit off the pace as he develops into an older horse and is confident that the gelding will get over a longer trip as a three-year-old.
“His go of racing won’t be this way in the future and you will find that he will get back,” Norman said.
“I had his mother and she won from a 1000 metre as a two-year-old to 2100.
“You would think that this bloke would run 1800 up to 2000.”
The win was Norman’s biggest race victory since he took out the 2003 edition of the Toowoomba Cup with Kugelhopf.