Influential owner Craig Thompson is philosophical about a wide draw in Saturday's $350,000 SKY Racing WA Guineas (1600m) for his gun colt Luke's Luck, who retained favouritism despite the blow.
Last season's champion two-year-old, Luke's Luck copped barrier 14 in the final field of 16 plus two emergencies for the Group 2 feature at Ascot.
He eased from $3.10 to $3.50 in Player's market, with Antique Belle firming from $4 to $3.80 after drawing barrier one.
Thompson and trainer Trevor Andrews won the Guineas last year with King Saul, who overcame barrier 10 of 13. Thompson has strong contenders in all three features on Super Saturday, with King Saul set for the $1 million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) and Hallowell Belle in the $500,000 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
He preferred a barrier between five and eight for Luke's Luck but believes the Show A Heart three-year-old is better off out wide rather than on the rail.
"I would have loved five, six, seven or eight but he'll just need a bit of luck in running," Thompson said.
"He's thriving and looking a million bucks."
Luke's Luck heads into the Guineas after running second to Power Princess in the Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) and third to Luckygray in the Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m).
Antique Belle will also need luck from the inside after she struggled for clear running when an unlucky third to Fuddle Dee Duddle in last Saturday's Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m). Paul Harvey has retained the ride on Fuddle Dee Duddle in the Guineas.
Darley three-year-old Academus drew ideally in barrier seven and is on the third line of betting at $6.
Stablemate Pinwheel will clash with Hallowell Belle in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes, which features a small field of 10.
Darley head trainer Peter Snowden arrived in Perth yesterday to oversee the final preparations of his duo.
Pinwheel has adjusted well to his new surroundings but Hallowell Belle fired up at trackwork yesterday when she was reluctant to go on to the Ascot track.
"She usually has a pony to lead her on the track in Sydney and Melbourne but she couldn't have that here," Thompson said.
"That's her personality. She got a bit toey. She'll have the nose roll back on in the Winterbottom.
"She's been without it at her last couple of starts but has run well with it in the past."
Blinkers have been added to King Saul's gear for the Railway.
He won the Guineas with blinkers on for the first time last year.
"Forget his run last start in the Lee-Steere, he never got clear running," Thompson said.
Stayers Mr Moet and Battle Emblem scraped into the Railway field ahead of Shamardashing."I would have loved five, six, seven or eight but he'll just need a bit of luck in running." " *Luke's Luck's * owner *Craig Thompson *
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