Grey mare hangs out all the way to winning post

WATT Luck overcame a long float trip, 40-plus temperatures and plenty of early opposition to win yesterday’s Carlton Benchmark 65 Handicap (1200m) at Tamworth.

The five-year-old grey mare is trained at Broadmeadow by Phillip Atkins and was having her first run back from a spell and winning jockey, Greg Ryan, said the daughter of Bradbury’s Luck “hung all the way”.

He told Atkins she had jumped well and won well despite a few little worries, such as “hanging out” for much of the journey.

Latitat and Sugera had sat outside Watt Luck all the way before the Newcastle mare led them into the straight.

Sue Grills’ Beauzel, was the only danger and finished stoutly to get within two and a quarter lengths of the winner with Sugera hanging on for a game third.

“She’s been a really good mare for us,”  Atkins said of a mare who has now won five of her 18 starts.

“She’s been very consistent. She’s a good, fresh horse.”

Watt Luck had not started since July when 14th at 


She had two trials since, winning her last trial over 900m at Newcastle.

Just where she races next is something Atkins wasn’t too sure about.

“It’s pretty hard finding a race for this type of horse,” he said.

Ryan then notched a winning double aboard the Luke Griffith-trained Terwen 


That also gave Griffith a double after Meg Hoey had won aboard Paline’s Passion for the Scone trainer.

Tamworth jockey Jessica Drury and trainer Craig Martin also celebrated winning doubles yesterday after they combined to win the first two races of the day with General Benedict first starter Dalida.

o Roman Account broke through at his 13th start in a race at Tamworth yesterday.

The Bob Milligan-trained gelding finished strongly to beat Robert Knight’s Rex The Weapon by a length in the Advanced Inland Security Maiden (1400m).

Alan Hay, stable foreman for Bob Milligan for the last six years, said Roan Account had been “knocking on the door” for a while.

“He’s been thereabouts his last four or five,” Alan Hay said.

“Just learning and was in the right sort of race today.”

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