It started on Sunday in Singapore when four-year-old Starcraft gelding Lucky Giant recorded his third consecutive race victory, and fourth overall with a tough front running display.
Again electing for his preferred leading tactics and with his winning partner Joseph See staying on, the Bart Cummings’ bred and Princes Farm sold Lucky Giant (pictured right) showed the same combative spirit when favourite Groenewegen (Michael Rodd) tried to reel him in after staying glued to his rump right from the outset.
Winning trainer Mok Zhan Lun said his underrated galloper is at his best when he is given free rein at the head of affairs, but he was not in a hurry to test him over further.
“He’s got a lot of speed, but he’s the kind of horse who doesn’t like to be restrained. Just let him bowl along in front and he will be hard to peg back,” said the Singaporean handler.
“Today’s win was probably his best as he was up against a very strong field, but we took our chance and he’s done it again. I’m really happy for the owners (Wong Teng Stable).
The Starcraft train continued on Tuesday at Kembla Grange with the wins of Dorf Star and Our Rocket, before the later success of Koolama Bay at Pakenham.
The Clarry Conners trained Dorf Star was yet to win in three prior runs, but off the back of two pleasing barrier trail efforts, the three-year-old colt was simply too good in the opening race of the day, the Windang Bowls Maiden Handicap.
Ridden by Tye Angland, the colt settled back in the field before producing a well-timed run to take the race by a half-length margin.
A handful of races later and it was Our Rocket (pictured right) in the winner’s enclosure, saluting by a length in the Barringtons Maiden Handicap (1300m).
Trained by Amanda Turner and Mauro Poletti, Our Rocket was ridden by Peter Wells and after settling in a mid-field position produced the goods when it mattered, downing San Telmo by a length.
Heading to Pakenham in Melbourne, the Clinton McDonald trained Koolama Bay broke his maiden at his third time out, winning the Polytrack Handicap by a half length.
Fresh from three weeks away from the track, the Craig Newitt-ridden colt settled handy in the 12 strong field before mounting his challenge to record a good win.
Holding nominations to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and the Group 3 Caulfield Classic, Koolama Bay (pictured left as a yearling) may be one to watch as we head into the Spring Carnival.
Standing at a fee of $9,900 (inc. GST), Starcraft would arguably be one of the best value stallions standing in Victoria – as a multiple Group 1 winner and Group 1 producer of Champions, his progeny are consistent on the track while his yearlings have sold up to $650,000.
Please don’t hesitate to touch base with Anthony Mithen on 0413 486 767 for further information on Starcraft.