Oakleigh win will give Lucky Secret the push
HIGH-CLASS sprinter Lucky Secret is set to farewell handicap racing in the Oakleigh Plate.
Trainer Tony Vasil has had the five-year-old in a holding pattern for the past month waiting for the Group One sprint on his home track.
A last-start winner of the weight-for-age Group Two Carlyon Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, Lucky Secret is expected to get 56.5kg in the Oakleigh Plate while Lightning Stakes winner Scenic Blast will be the equal topweight on 57kg with Typhoon Zed.
Vasil said Lucky Secret was creeping up in the weights and could be restricted to weight-for-age racing after Saturday.
“If he wins the Oakleigh Plate he is out of handicaps forever,” Vasil said.
Vasil could have run Lucky Secret the last two weeks in the Listed Doveton Handicap and the Group One Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley, but decided against both assignments.
He said he scratched the gelding from the Doveton after the horse drew barrier one and he feared the track would chop out on the inside which it did.
The Australia Stakes would have meant a showdown with weight-for-age sprint stars Apache Cat and Weekend Hussler, which he was happy to avoid with the Oakleigh Plate just a week away.
Among the 26 Oakleigh Plate entries are 2007 winner Undue, Queenslanders Burdekin Blues and Swiss Ace and reigning Newmarket Handicap favourite Fist Of Fury.
Vasil said Lucky Secret would be champing at the bit to get back to competition with 29 days between runs.
“A little gallop during the week and he will be right,” Vasil said.
“We will keep him fresh and sharp for it.”
The Oakleigh Plate is a helter-skelter sprint with pressure on from start to finish.
“I suppose in a race like the Oakleigh Plate pressure finds out what the good horses are.”