Shocking Luck on Derby Path
Mark Smith - Sunday, 14 May 2017

There have been few more revered racehorses to come out of New Zealand than Rough Habit so it seems fitting the kiwis, both equine and human, should dominate the finish of Saturday's Group III Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben.

Opie Bosson guided the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Shocking Luck to a two and three-quarter length win over the Brian Smith-trained Order Again, who was ridden by Larry Cassidy, with the Chris Waller-trained Veladero a length a three-quarters back in third.

A son of Rich Hill Stud's Melbourne Cup hero Shocking (Street Cry), Shocking Luck has been sold to Hong Kong interests.

However, Richards is hoping to follow the path of Eagle Way who won the 2016 Group I Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm before heading to Hong Kong.

It is expected that Shocking Luck will have his next run in the Group III Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm on May 27.

"We always thought he was a Queensland Derby horse - he ran very well in the Waikato Guineas at home and subsequently he was sold to Hong Kong," Richards said.

"He will go to Hong Kong after the Queensland Derby but hopefully he can win that for us first.

"With a bit of luck the tracks will improve as I believe he is better on top of the ground.

"He is a very exciting horse, a straight-out New Zealand staying type horse, a big skinny horse."

Shocking Luck is the first foal of Shamardal Luck (Shamardal) whose dam Colour Me Lucky (Is it True) was placed in the Group II WA Oaks.

Colour Me Lucky is a half-sister to Group I Australian Cup winner Starstruck so Shamardal Luck looked particularly good buying at the 2010 NZB National Mixed Sale when knocked down to the Archer Trust for $5,000.

She had been sold two years previously as a yearling for $72,500.

Shamardal Luck has a full sister to Shocking Luck sell for $32,000 at this year's Select Sale at Karaka.

She has a weanling colt by Darci Brahma and was bred back to Shocking last spring.

Shocking Luck becomes the fourth stakes winner for Shocking (pictured) who stands at Rich Hill Stud at a fee of $12,500

Race 8 - Mittys Rough Habit Plate
Group 3 - 2000m

Class: Open. Track: Soft(7). Time: 2:06.11. Sectional Time: 0:36.75 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $125,000 - 1st: $80,000 2nd: $25,000 3rd: $12,500.
 1   Shocking Luck (NZ) T: S Autridge and J Richards J: O P Bosson
3g   Shocking x Shamardal Luck (Shamardal (USA) )
Not Offered
 2 2.8 Order Again (NZ) T: B J Smith J: L V Cassidy
3g   Iffraaj (GB) x Glass Half Full (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 4.6 Veladero T: C J Waller J: K McEvoy
3c   Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Stacked (Belong To Me (USA) )
Not Offered
 4 5.1 Violate T: Brent Stanley J: J Byrne
3c   Sebring x Shantha's Girl (Redoute's Choice )
 5 5.9 Kubis T: R L Heathcote J: R Fradd
3g   Love Conquers All x Aperto (NZ) (Grosvenor (NZ) )
 6 6.9 Here He Comes (NZ) T: D Logan and C Gibbs J: L G Innes
3g   Bullbars x Commendable (NZ) (The Commander (NZ) )
 7 7.9 Sidetrip T: S J Morrisey J: James Orman
3g   Authorized (IRE) x Babington (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA) )
 8 8.0 Hundred T: Brett Lunney J: Luke Tarrant
3g   Domesday x Legal Engagement (Thunder Gulch (USA) )
 9 12.5 Realing T: M J Dunn J: Ron Stewart
3g   Real Saga x Ever After (NZ) (Volksraad (GB) )
 10 16.5 Shadow Vision T: Kurt Goldman J: J Lloyd
3g   Dane Shadow x Optometrist (Canny Lad )
 11 17.8 Bouchard (NZ) T: Rochelle Smith J: M Cahill
3f   Savabeel x Melodious (Lucky Owners (NZ) )
 12 18.0 Peter John (NZ) T: J G Sargent J: D J Browne
3g   Mastercraftsman (IRE) x Madeleine Noblet (NZ) (No Excuse Needed (GB) )
 13 18.2 Dazzle Em Sid T: M A Kropp J: A Spinks
3g   Sidereus x Dazzling Beauty (Red Dazzler )
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