Luck plays a big part in harness racing.
After two runs in New Zealand where she had absolutely no luck at all, Big Lucy showed tonight (26th July) in the Breeders Crown 2 year old filly heat at Ballarat why trainer Mark Purdon holds her in such high regard.
After trialing outstandingly in Canterbury prior to her debut, Big Lucy was backed off the board in her first two starts in New Zealand but had no luck in the running on either occasion.
But Mark Purdon knew her potential and even after those two runs, Big Lucy was on the plane to Melbourne for the Breeders Crown series.
Drawing on the second line in tonights (Saturday 26th July) Breeders Crown heat, driver Chris Alford sent Big Lucy forward early when the favourite Luvumum went rough going into the first bend.
Finding the front after 500 meters, Chris Alford let Big Lucy amble through to the 800 meters mark from where he upped the tempo.
Big Lucy never looked out of second gear from there, cruising home a comfortable winner.
Big Lucy paced the 2200 meters in 2:45.5, a mile rate of 2:01 with closing sectionals of 58.3 and 28.1.
Big Lucy is yet another Australian bred horse to win for the All Stars barn this season.
Bought out of the Sydney leg of the Australian Pacing Gold sale last year for $20,000, Big Lucy is from the family imported into New Zealand from North America by Nevele R Stud.
She is by noted filly sire Badlands Hanover from the McArdle mare Halcyon Franco and is her dams first foal.
The grand dam is Huntress Hanover 1:58.2 who is a No Nukes half sister to the champion sire Holmes Hanover.
The third dam is the champion Tar Heel mare Hazel Hanover (22 wins) who was 2 year old of her year in North America.
It is a noted filly family and Big Lucy looks to have inherited all the family ability.
Judging by tonights win, Big Lucy looms as a major threat in the Breeders Crown series.