Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Warrior Eyes Fourth Cup Tilt; Our Lukas to Make Bundamba Return after Great Heavyweight Performance

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Warrior Eyes Fourth Cup Tilt; Our Lukas to Make Bundamba Return after Great Heavyweight Performance

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Byline: PETER FOLEY

MIGHTY warrior Our Lukas will be aimed at an amazing fourth straight Ipswich Cup after his gutsy third on Saturday.

Our Lukas lumped 58kg to just miss out on second place in the $200,000 Channel Seven Ipswich Cup (2150m) to Danagaze behind runaway winner Gold in Dubai.

C[pounds sterling]Why wouldn't we bring him back again?C[yen] Our Lukas' trainer Robert Heathcote said.

C[pounds sterling]How good was that run? He's run a terrific race under 58 kilos.

C[pounds sterling]Look at his record here. He's run three Ipswich Cups for two wins and a third.C[yen]

Part-owner Barry O'Toole was beaming.

C[pounds sterling]We've won two and a third Ipswich Cups now,C[yen] O'Toole said.

C[pounds sterling]We'd love to be back again next year.''

While Gold in Dubai had the race in his keeping a long way from home, jockey Shane Scriven gave Our Lukas a rail-hugging ride.

C[pounds sterling]I think Shane put it best,C[yen] Heathcote said.

C[pounds sterling]He said it's been 50 years since a horse has carried 58 to win an Ipswich Cup and chances are no horse will ever do it again but he got the closest anyone will.

C[pounds sterling]He's earned a spell and another trip to Melbourne.C[yen]

Last October Our Lukas picked up the Seymour Cup while he was in Victoria.

Winning trainer Mark Riley, from Mornington, was in high spirits after Gold in Dubai romped home after leading virtually all the way.

Riley spoke to the Queensland Times after being quizzed by stewards over the apparent change in tactics for the five-year-old gelding.

He said he left it up to Kiwi jockey Michael Walker to determine where Gold in Dubai travelled in the race but the general plan was to go forward.

C[pounds sterling]He used the lead all the time even over 1200m but then he lost his speed,C[yen] Riley said. …

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