Tassie horses show plenty of Pluck

Sep 18, 2018

Tasmanian gallopers I’m Wesley and Lady Pluck will continue with their Melbourne campaigns after pleasing connections with their efforts at Flemington last Saturday.

I’m Wesley finished a close fourth in the Group Two Bobbie Lewis Quality while Lady Pluck ran third in the Cap D’Antibes Stakes.

Both horses were well supported, I’m Wesley was backed from $26 into $8 while as much as $101 was bet about Lady Pluck which touched $41 before starting at $71.

Lady Pluck with Ismail Toker aboard on way to winning a maiden in Hobart

“We’re looking at possibly taking her back over to Victoria either Caulfield Cup day, there’s a fillies Group Three or Cox Plate eve there’s a Group Two fillies over 1200 at the Valley that normally doesn’t attract the strongest field. Sky’s the limit for her, she’s a terrific filly and I’m really excited,” trainer Scott Brunton said.

The effort of Lady Pluck didn’t surprise Brunton even though she was having just her third race start and her first interstate.

“Not at all, her first run in the Gold Sovereign was outstanding, I think you’ll find we had some very good two-year-olds last season that will make really nice horses. I think our product is so much better over here at the moment, everyone has amped it up. Tassie isn’t as far behind as some people think.”

Glenn Stevenson, trainer of I’m Wesley, was delighted with the performance of his horse at his second run this campaign after he led and was run down in the last 100 metres.

“He went super, they ran 1.09 into a howling headwind, he seems to have pulled up well, we’ll go back in three weeks for the Gilgai, he will probably have no weight again, I can see improvement in him, his coat and everything, so I’m really happy.”.

The Gilgai Stakes is a Group Two run over 1200 metres down the straight course at Flemington.

Both horses will return to Tasmania this week before returning to Melbourne just prior to their next runs.

Courtesy of Tasracing