Trainer Theresa Bateup is considering a Provincial Championships tilt with Golly I’m Lucky and hopes Saturday’s test at Kembla Grange will give her a clearer indication if that’s the path she’ll take.
The Lucky Owners gelding will go in search of back-to-back wins in the Dapto Conditional Benchmark 70 Handicap (1400m) after flashing his potential with a classy performance at Nowra last time out.
The victory had Bateup contemplating a Provincial Championships campaign early next year but the Kembla trainer is still weighing up if she will pull the trigger and chase a start in the lucrative series.
“I am in two minds,” Bateup said.
“He is definitely a horse quality wise that wouldn’t be out of place in the series but it’s whether I want to cut this preparation a little short to target it.
“He is a potential candidate. He’s definitely a horse that has ability.
“He’s run some nice races at the provincials and Saturday should provide a measuring stick for me.
Golly I'm Lucky wins at Nowra on August 25
“I think he is well and truly up to this grade but I would like to see him go out and do it.”
Bateup has had to be patient with Golly I’m Lucky and had to wait until late in his three-year-old season to give him his first start.
Since then Golly I’m Lucky has built a record of three wins and three placings from 10 runs.
“He’s been very slow to mature,” Bateup said.
“He is still just learning how to gallop. His stable name is Spider and he is literally all legs. He is only just learning where to put them.”
Jess Taylor will ride Golly I’m Lucky on Saturday while Bateup also has Jarrett in the same race, which has also nominated for a race at Mudgee on Sunday and Hawkesbury next week.
To start the card Bateup has Princess Kalli in The ‘Gong’ 23rd November Class 1 & Maiden Plate (2000m).
“I always thought as a young horse that she would stay and have never had the opportunity to get her up over a distance,” Bateup said.
“She was with Jason Coyle last preparation and there was a bit of damage to her tendon which is why she has had so long off.
“She’s on the comeback trail and we will have to see if she’s up to Kembla grade.”
The opener at Kembla Grange jumps at 12.34pm.