Maluckyday up for Group One return
A BARRIER trial hit-out at Rosehill yesterday has all but confirmed a Chipping Norton Stakes return for Maluckyday.
‘‘ All going well, if he pulls up well he’ll be running on S a t u r d a y , ’ ’ c o - t r a i n e r Michael Hawkes said.
The highly-talented fouryear-old finished second in a 900m heat behind Syreon with Doncaster Mile winner Rangirangdoo trialling well in third.
‘ ‘ H i s t r i a l w a s g o o d , ’ ’ Hawkes, who trains in partnership with his father John and brother Wayne, said of Maluckyday.
‘‘ They just outsprinted him, they didn’t go overly hard but he hit the line well and that was all that was asked for.’’
T h e s o n o f Z a b e e l a n - nounced himself as a staying star when he rose through the ranks during the spring to win the Group Three Lexus Stakes ( 2500m) at Flemington before a game second to Americain in the Melbourne Cup ( 3200m).