Get Lucky secures Jewels spot

Get Lucky and driver Brad Williamson return to the winner's circle after success at Oamaru...
Get Lucky and driver Brad Williamson return to the winner's circle after success at Oamaru yesterday. Get Lucky qualified for the Harness Jewels at Addington on June 1.PHOTO: JONNY TURNER
Southland trotter Get Lucky did not have to live up to his name yesterday to win his way into the Harness Jewels.

Reinsman Brad Williamson took luck out of the equation by producing a confident drive at the Oamaru meeting that allowed the Alister Black-trained 3yr-old to book his ticket to next month's signature raceday at Addington.

Williamson launched Get Lucky three wide with 1000m left to go in the feature 2600m trot.

And when he did, the 3yr-old showed Williamson the kind of maturity that has enabled him to lift his game to be a genuine Jewels contender.

"He got to [the] parked [position] and dropped the bit and then picked it up again at the top of the straight," the reinsman said.

"He is a very nice horse and he backed up really well, too."

Get Lucky's progression from pretender to contender was evident about 48 hours earlier at Addington when he handed Black his first group or listed race win, in the listed Yearling Sales Series Final for 3yr-old trotters.

Though the horse banked more than $40,000 in earnings from that race, it was excluded from Harness Jewels stakes calculations as the race was restricted to yearling sales purchases.

The Black and Williamson camp were not the only ones breathing a sigh of relief after Get Lucky collected the $300 he needed for Harness Jewels qualification in race 10.

Bookmakers across Australasia would have done the same as Get Lucky's win pushed the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained Oscar Bonavena out of a top-12 qualifying spot.

The trotter was heavily backed at long odds before his Jewels campaign was resurrected after injury with a win at Addington earlier this month.

Oscar Bonavena could still make bookmakers pay if he makes the 3yr-old trotters final as the race's first emergency.

Driver John Dunn produced an appropriate drive yesterday to help A Taste Of Honey win her way into the Harness Jewels.

The Mitchell Kerr-trained filly was making a late bid for the 2yr-old fillies' final and made it in courtesy of victory in race 7.

It gave Kerr a training double after Change Is Good won won race 5, restricted to junior drivers, in the hands of John Morrison.

Another Harness Jewels berth was sealed at Oamaru. The Ideal Touch ran fourth behind Pay Me Visa in 6 to qualify for the 2yr-old pacing colts and geldings final.

Sweet Mary solidified her place in the 4yr-old mares final by running fourth to Kingslayer in race 9, the feature pace.

Kingslayer, trained by Greg and Nina Hope, produced a sizzling finish to win his first start since November.

"He lacks a bit of toughness, but he makes up for it with his speed," driver Ben Hope said.

"He has got a very good finish on him when he is saved up."

Kingslayer dropped considerably in class yesterday. The Christian Cullen 5yr-old's last start was in premier company during New Zealand Cup week in November.

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