Bradbury’s Luck gelding Luckygray (Bradbury’s Luck – Damah Lady, by Mukaddamah) has only been with the Trevor Andrews a short time but the six-year-old produced a grand performance to claim his second Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) win at Ascot.
Luckygray joined Andrews six weeks before his Railway Stakes victory after the gelding endured a fruitless Melbourne spring campaign but his new trainer quickly had the 2011 Railway Stakes winner up and firing with a strong fourth in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at his first run back in his home state.
Reuniting with his former partner Shaun O’Donnell played a big part in Luckygray’s resurgence as the experienced jockey’s knowledge of his mount enabled him to plot a course to victory.
A slow pace prevailed for most of the Railway Stakes but O’Donnell was content to let Luckygray travel towards the back of the field for the first mile before the jockey steered him through the field while others plotted a wider course around the home turn.
Another of Bradbury’s Luck’s progeny Fire Up Fifi (Bradbury’s Luck – Manicured, by West By West) was involved in a dual for the lead with fellow on-pacer Platinum Rocker (Love A Dane – Platinum Strip, by Magic Of Money) but Luckygray produced an irresistible final furlong to land the 2013 Railway Stakes in a far less controversial fashion than his 2011 success.
Luckygray won the race in a controversial protest decision after stewards stripped Kiwi galloper He’s Remarkable of the prize two years ago but the stipes weren’t required in the latest edition of the Perth showpiece.
“I’ve had him about six weeks since he came back from Melbourne but I’ve just been really happy with the horse,” Andrews told Sky Racing World.
“I’ve had to get him back from Melbourne and recharge the batteries and press forward.
“He (O’Donnell) just had to be patient from the gate and the 58(kg) was a big concern to me but I’m just over the moon and really pleased.
“He’s a get-back and relax horse that always finds the line. He’s a very genuine horse.”
Luckygray set a modern weight carrying record when he lumped 58kg to his Railway Stakes win. The impost was the highest weight carried to a Railway Stakes victory since Tudor Mak carried 9st 8lb (61kg) in 1967.
Luckygray fetched $46,000 at the 2009 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale. His second Railway Stakes win took his earnings to more than $2.4 million.
The gelding is a son of the four-time Canberra winner Damah Lady (Mukaddamah – Pine Lodge Lady, by Sir Tristram). Damah Lady’s last yearling to pass through the sales ring, by Natural Destiny, fetched $20,000 at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale.