STAWELL – Stawell horse trainer David Noonan’s patience withLucario has paid off, with the six year old gelding notching up his thirdcareer win at Donald last Tuesday.
The win was Lucario’s first for Noonan, who had purchasedhim as a trial horse in Melbourne about nine months ago.
Lucario had previously won races for one of Victoria’s leadingtrainers Mark Kavanagh, but had a few problems upon arrival at the Noonanstable.
The gelding went out for a 22 week spell and following threeunsuccessful starts, returned to take out the 1600 metre The Buloke TimesHandicap.
Lucario was up with the leaders for most of the way andfinding the front on the home straight, stormed to the line to win by twolengths ahead of his nearest rival.
Noonan knew the six year old was close to breaking throughfor his first win since January 2012.
“His first three runs were short fitness-wise, but hewas pretty much spot on for Donald with the dry track and 1600 metre distance.We were pretty confident,” he said.
“He won really well. His form before we got him hadshown he had some ability, he had won two races at Ballarat and raced okay inSouth Australia.
“It was just getting him back into that form.”
Noonan said Lucario was a ‘tired horse’ when he arrived inStawell.
“He had a sore back and sore joints, things that wereholding him back so we gave him a break in the paddock until he was ready forracing again.
“We’re pretty happy with him really.”
Lucario will now either race in Hamilton this Friday,October 4 or head up to Swan Hill on Monday, October 7.
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