Luckystreet was denied victory in the Seacorp Handicap (1000m) at Ascot after Silverstream emerged out of the pack to gun him down in the shadows of the post.
Silverstream, another powerful member of leading owner, Bob Peters’ star-studded team and unbeaten in three attempts this campaign, won by a short head.
But despite the narrow loss, for trainer Trevor Andrews there was a sense of relief and renewed belief after Luckystreet’s poor showing first up two weeks ago.
After dominating juvenile ranks last year, culminating with an emphatic victory in the Karrakatta Plate (1200m), all eyes were on Luckystreet’s return
But no sooner had the race started when it was all over for Luckystreet when he bombed the start and failed to make up any ground in the straight.
After a big build up to his much anticipated return, the Oratorio colt could only manage to beat one runner home, when 7th of 8 to Liberty’s Gem.
However, yesterday he was back on song when he jumped quickly, sat outside of the leader and looking the winner everywhere but the post.
“I’m happy with that and it took a good horse to beat him, “said Andrews.
“He gave her weight and she is a year older than him.
“My bloke is going to improve out of the run a fair bit.
“Its positive and not negative at all.
“He jumped well and I was happy with that.”