Gun Case fires another shot before it was Lucky's time to shine

 

We had a handy team of runners saddled up throughout the history making day at Moonee Valley racecourse on Saturday where there was a sellout crowd ready to witness the mighty mare Winx attempt to make history. Gun Case (above) fired the first shot in the Open Handicap over 955m where he put in a strong performance to overcome a big weight and a wide run and still prove too good over the concluding stages. Despite being caught 3 and 4 wide for the trip he joined the leaders as they turned for home and shot clear over the final 100m to win by nearly a length. Gun Case continues to be a very honest performer for his connections with this being the 12th victory of his 28 start career and his fifth win this preparation.

 

Following three previous runs this preparation, Lucky Hussler (above) was able to put his best foot forward and make his way back to the winner's stall in the $200,000 Group 2 Crystal Mile. He jumped away well from the gates with the in-form Blake Shinn on board, before finding himself in a handy midfield position off a hot speed. He travelled beautifully as he peeled three wide and took over at the top of the straight where he already had the race won - kicking clear and going on for an impressive three length victory over his nearest rival. This was the eighth Black Type win of Lucky's career and took his total earnings to over $2.1 million - what a superstar!

It was outstanding to come home with a winning double on such a momentous day of the racing calendar and it's full speed ahead now on towards the 4 day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

 

Congratulations to all the connections involved!

 

Photos: Racing Photos

 

 

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