Impressive Winner for Encosta

Lightly raced gelding Luck San (4g Encosta de Lago x Enrika’s Gift, by Orpen) has always shown above average ability and at his first run back from a long spell indicated he could be ready to fulfil his potential.

Prepared by Hawkes Racing, Luck San was having his first start since May of last year and looked ultra impressive in cruising clear to win the Ratings 78 event by more than three lengths.

In four previous starts, Luck San had won twice and placed twice including a second to dual Group I winner Sincero in the Listed Gosford Guineas, so it’s good to see him back on track.

“He played up a bit in the barriers and took a while to get running, but he really kicked in the straight and put them away very easily,” said winning rider Dwayne Dunn.

“We’ve always had a big opinion of him right back to when he won at Moonee Valley (on debut 26 November, 2010), so it’s good to see him come back and win again.”

A $300,000 purchase for Hawkes Racing from the Coolmore draft at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Luck San (who raced earlier under the name of Happy Patrick) is one of two winners from stakes-placed Enrika’s Gift (IRE).

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