Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) favourite Lucky Street can help soothe the wounds for trainer Trevor Andrews at Ascot on Saturday
Andrews is seeking redemption after last year’s Magic Millions favourite Palace Intruder finished ahead of one runner in the $250,000 feature.
Palace Intruder was all the rage with punters and commenced a firm favourite after posting dashing wins at his opening two starts.
But the son of Oratorio was a spent force by the turn after racing across from the second widest gate and setting a scorching pace in front.
12 months further down the track and Andrews is back in the mix and a genuine chance of grabbing a record equalling third victory.
Andrews will present Lucky Street who has been to the race track twice and set the tone in October with an exhilarating victory.
The Oratorio colt made his rivals look second rate when he scorched away to put a 4 ¼ length winning margin over his nearest rival.
Andrews will again have the weight of public expectation with Lucky Street earning TAB Touch favouritism after drawing ideally in gate two.
“There looks to be good speed in the race and from that position it gives him a better chance,” said Andrews on Tab Radio.
“His work has been super and his two trial wins were very good.
“He probably lacks race fitness that some of the other contenders have, but I’m pretty happy where he is.”
Andrews can join Lou Luciani on the Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic honour roll after training Time To Climb (2010) and Ravinia (2006).
David Harrison, who saddles outsider Lucky Legacy, concurs with supporters and believes Lucky Street is the horse to beat.
But such has been the form of the Harrison stable in recent weeks that you can’t ignore the chances of his filly.
It may pay to ignore Lucky Legacy’s first-up flop when on debut and focus on her courageous third to Senso last month.
Trapped wide throughout she never packed it in and kept coming, beaten in the end by a respectable 3 ¼ lengths.
“It was an exceptional run,” said Harrison.
“She sat wide with no cover and kept boxing to the line.
“I think she gained a bit out of that.
“It’s good to have race experience going into high pressure races.
“Trevor’s horse (Lucky Street) is the one to beat on his maiden win and trials.”
Harrison can also etch is name in Magic Millions history after preparing Western Fever (2011) and Rose Of Thunder (2003).
Lucky Legacy, to jump from barrier seven for Shaun O’Donnell, is $41 on Tab Touch.
Lucky Street, who opened at $3.60, has firmed to $3.
Chantski is at $5.50 with Fremond and Senso at $6.