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Luck on McCarthy’s side

Multiple Group-winning reinsman John McCarthy strengthened his feature race strike rate when landing a dream drive in an Alabar Breeders Challenge Blue Final last Saturday night.

Luck on McCarthy’s side

Multiple Group-winning reinsman John McCarthy strengthened his feature race strike rate when landing a dream drive in an Alabar Breeders Challenge Blue Final last Saturday night.

Lucky Unlucky winning the ALABAR NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE BLUE TWO-YEAR-OLD COLTS & GELDINGS (GROUP 2)
Lucky Unlucky winning the ALABAR NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE BLUE TWO-YEAR-OLD COLTS & GELDINGS (GROUP 2) Picture:Harness Racing New South Wales

McCarthy was handed the reins on the Craig Cross-trained Lucky Unlucky in the feature at Tabcorp Park Menangle as usual driver Luke McCarthy had commitments in Queensland.

This drive gave McCarthy yet another Group win to his name as Lucky Unlucky took out the Group 2 two-year-old colts and geldings’ edition.


McCarthy, who just earlier this season trained his 2000th winner, has now won more than 60 Group races as a driver.

And a change of tactics to drive the gelding proved to be the winning move according to McCarthy.

“He’s been, hence his name, a bit unlucky and been going back in the field and doesn’t seem to try so hard when he goes back,” McCarthy claimed.

“I spoke to Craig and Luke before the race and they said see if you can go forward and try and find the front or sit outside the leader, he might try a lot harder for you and he certainly did.”

Lucky Unlucky worked forward from gate six, led, and went on to record a personal best mile rate of 1:54.0.

He was purchased at the Sydney Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale for $20,000 by owner Vicki Rasmussen and has won $47,829 in prizemoney after 11 starts, two wins and five placings.

The son of Roll With Joe is out of the Artsplace mare Specialize, who is a daughter of the former Grand Circuit mare Sabilize.
Harness Racing NSW




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