Day At The Track

Joe to maintain steady pace with Lucky Vc

01:23 PM 24 Apr 2015 NZST
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Joe Pace

Respected harness racing trainer Joe Pace admits it is getting harder to “keep a lid on the excitement” regarding promising pacer Lucky Vc.

Speaking after the gelding’s victory at Ballarat last night, Pace believes Lucky Vc is capable of making his way to metropolitan company.

“He is a pretty nice horse and there is a lot to like about him,” Pace said. “At this stage he just has no idea of what he is doing, but is getting better with every start.

“I reckon he can win in town further down the track, but for now I will just keep taking it slowly with him and take it one run at a time.

“I’ve learned all-too-well during the years you can’t plan too far ahead with horses no matter what kind of opinion you have of them.”

Driven by top reinswoman Jodi Quinlan, Lucky Vc was caught three-wide early before settling outside the leader, Joelissa.

Overpowering the front runner on the home turn, the son of Washington Vc was untouched as he cruised to an eight-and-a-half metre win from Masterofthurles, with Citysneak a metre-and-a-half away third.

“This race was for female drivers, so I booked Jodi nice and early,” Pace said. “Jodi has achieved so much in the sport, but I still feel she is somewhat underrated.

“When she was establishing herself it was harder for a young girl than it is now. Jodi doesn’t get the accolades she deserves.”

Covering the last half in 56.5 seconds, Lucky Vc rated 1:57.4 for the 1710 metres, taking his record to two wins and six placings from 10 starts since crossing the Tasman.

“Like I said, he still doesn’t know what it’s all about, which is something Jodi also said when she came back to scale,” Pace said. “As he matures and gains experience he should be a pretty handy horse.

“I will put him around next week then he will have a fortnight off before working his way slowly through the classes.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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