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Lucky Angel to step out at Caulfield


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Lucky Angel may not have the straightest legs but that doesn’t deter trainer Tony Vasil who has a good feeling about her future.

A daughter of Redoute’s Choice, the three-year-old became the ninth winner for Centaine mare Professionelle when she scored easily by three lengths at Mornington and Vasil believes she is good chance to more than repay the $220,000 she cost as a yearling in Sydney.

Lucky Angel will have her fifth race start in Saturday’s Braywin Loch M Fraser Handicap (1400m) and she gives every indication that she will get out to least 1600 metres.

“I think she is pretty good but I don’t know what her ceiling will be,” Vasil said.

“She has a very good family and, with that pedigree, if she can get some black type she will be worth big money.”

Lucky Angel’s half brothers include three-time Group winner Sportsman, Hoystar, who won three stakes races, and King Of Prussia who was also a stakes winner. She is also a half sister to dual Group winner Prisoner of Love.

Vasil said given Lucky Angel’s breeding he was surprised he was able to buy her so cheaply.

“She is a nice horse but was just immature at the sale and probably didn’t have the greatest legs,” Vasil said.

“I thought she was exceptionally cheap at the sales and any other year she would have brought double that.”

Lucky Angel has only raced four times. She made an eye-catching debut when she came from 14th at the home turn to finish fifth, just 3-3/4 lengths behind the stakes-performed Jesse’s Girl at Sandown in April.

She was spelled after her next start when finished third at Geelong while she was beaten less than a length when third first-up this campaign at Moonee Valley over 1000 metres.

“It was too short for her at the Valley and she killed them last time at Mornington (over 1200m),” Vasil said.

“We will place her step by step. She’s got plenty of scope.”