Glenlogan's Winning Double

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The Glenlogan Park sires registered yet another stakes winning double on Saturday – with Falvelon’s talented Brisbane 4YO Excellantes (pictured courtesy Dan Costello Racing)saluting at Listed level approximately one hour before Western Australia’s boom horse, the Bradbury’s Luck gelding Luckygray, returned in devastating form to demolish a quality field of sprinters in the $125,000 G3 Roma Cup.

Queensland’s premier trainer, Rob Heathcote, was understandably a very satisfied man after his progressive gelding Excellantes recorded his first stakes victory in the Listed Chief De Beers Handicap.

“I have said all along that this guy has had Group ability,” Rob said. “He is a very, very good horse but he just needs to be on top of the ground to show his best.

“When he gets those conditions he is going to give any race a shake and when I legged James (McDonald) up I just told him to ride him like he was the best horse in the race – because that is what I thought he was.

The victory took Excellantes record to 7 wins and 7 placings from his 19 starts, with prizemoney just a touch short of $400,000.

“We bred this horse when we sent our mare to Falvelon a few years ago and I am very happy to know that she is safely back in foal to him again this year.

“He is a super stallion up here in Queensland and he just keeps getting the job done.

“It is quite fitting he has sired a new stakes winner on Doomben 10,000 day considering he won that race twice.

“Our other Falvelon runner, Gundy Son, ran out of his skin in the same race as well. The distance (1100m) was always going to be too short for him but he really rocketed to the line to finish an eye-catching fourth.”

Just over 60 minutes later, on the other side of the country, Bradbury’s Luck’s G1 winning 4YO Luckygray left those at Western Australia’s Belmont racecourse almost speechless as he unleashed a terrific final closing sectional to completely destroy a high quality field of WFA sprinters in the G3 Roma Cup (1200m).

Missing the start, and having to settle a clear last once they got into stride, the Bradbury’s Luck youngster was allowed to just stalk his opposition by jockey Sean O’Donnell until they entered the straight.

However, once they turned, O’Donnell brought Luckygray to the outside and then hardly moved a muscle as the 4YO quickly rounded them up and put them to the sword.

“You wait a lifetime to get on a horse like this,” O’Donnell beamed post race. “All credit to Gino (Poletti) and the staff as they have this horse spot-on. He is a potential star of Australian racing and I can’t wait to get these next two runs out of the road and then hopefully head east (to Melbourne).

Luckygray won by an official margin of 3.5 lengths – but it could have been much, much more if he had not been eased down over the final 150m or so.

“That was just what we hoped we would see, and what we expected to see,” Gino said after the race. “He has probably lightened off a little in the last week or so leading up to this race but the plan will be to only have another run or two this campaign providing the handicapper isn’t too harsh.

The arrogant victory in the G3 event took the Bradbury’s Luck gelding to within an inch of the $1million prizemoney barrier (over $970,000) with 8 wins from his 11 starts.