RACING: Lucky Meteor wins sprint; Ramornie in his sights
RAMORNIE plans were unveiled for the John Shelton-trained Lucky Meteor after the four-year-old won the Holiday Coast Sprint (1106m) at Grafton yesterday.
"The long range plan is the Ramornie," Shelton confirmed. "If we get there we get there but he'll probably have a light preparation this time then give him a freshen-up and have a look at the Ramornie."
Shelton has little doubt the eight-time winner has come back a better horse this preparation despite his shock first-up defeat at Grafton on February 2.
"He was a touch underdone first-up," Shelton admitted. "Probably a gallop short but he pulled up beautifully and improved from the run.
"He's got stronger this time and filled out. I think he's a better horse this campaign. Last time he resumed in a Class 1, this time he was first-up in an open handicap."
Lucky Meteor strung together six successive wins last campaign underpinning his high potential.
Owned by Brian and Betty Paine, Lucky Meteor has certainly furnished into a stronger type sprinter, Shelton believing 1200m is his pet distance.
"We'll assess the Ramornie as we go along," Brian Paine of Riverdale fame said. "I think the win today will do him the world of good. He was a shade underdone first-up."
Lucky Meteor ($1.70) was ridden by apprentice Kasie Stanley who had the gelding trailing leader and eventual runner-up All About Willy ($11.00) until challenging in the home straight to score by three-quarters of a length.
Shelton has previously won a Ramornie with Mothers Gift in 2000.
It was a successful day for the CRJC, the meeting in honour of Grafton local Tracey-Lee Schumacher who passed away on February 1 following a life-long battle against cystic fibrosis.