Veteran trainer Harold Norman is hoping his luck in rare visits to Toowoomba holds with Lucky Tom in the Listed Weetwood Handicap.
Norman, who turns 80 later this year, believes Saturday’s Weetwood (1200m) gives him a great chance for an overdue feature win with Lucky Tom.
He has always had a big opinion of Lucky Tom and took him to Melbourne in the spring of 2014 for the Group One Caulfield Guineas.
But a few injury problems and unsuitable tracks have restricted his performances in stakes races to one win (the Phoenix Stakes for two-year-olds) from eight attempts.
The now six-year-old Lucky Tom showed what he could do with a strong win at Doomben at his first run back from a spell four weeks ago.
“He shared the lead at Doomben but he doesn’t have to lead. I think he can get in behind the pace because there are some real flyers in the Weetwood,” Norman said.
“I have always felt Lucky Tom has another stakes win in him and this gives him the chance. I am 80 later this year and it would be an early birthday present.”
Norman has had plenty of success in Toowoomba and won the Cup with Kugelhopf in 2003.
“I don’t come to Toowoomba very often but I have had plenty of success there,” Norman, who is based at the Gold Coast, said
“Kugelhopf went on and won that year’s Queensland Cup. But the last runner I had in the Weetwood was Tarlou who had no luck about 15 years ago.
Lucky Tom has an affinity with female jockeys and was ridden by the now-retired Rikki Jamieson for much of his early career.
Tegan Harrison rode him to his most recent win but Bridget Grylls takes over as the jockey on Saturday.
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