Karaka Million Next Dissident First Winner
Tara Madgwick - Sunday January 13
Australian Horse of the Year Dissident posted his first winner at Trentham in New Zealand on Saturday with a powerful debut victory for Louis Luck.

Louis Luck- Race ImagesLouis Luck strengthened the Karaka Million hand for Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards when winning the Wellington Cup Day Next Saturday 2YO (1200m) beating hot favourite The Fugitive.

Having trialled well for two seconds in November, Louis Luck took advantage of the coveted one draw to drive through in front under rider Opie Bosson.

With favourite The Fugitive to his outer, a match race ensued, but first starter Louis Luck proved too strong in winning by a length.

"He jumped and put himself in the race, and travelled nicely," Bosson said. "He got a little bit lost before we turned in. He got on the wrong leg a few times but he kept up a good gallop.

"When The Fugitive first came up beside me I was a little bit worried, but once mine balanced up he came up underneath me, so I was pretty confident."

Winning trainer Jamie Richards was confident of a good showing by Louis Luck, who is raced by Cambridge Stud proprietors Brendon and Jo Lindsay.

"It was a good effort by the team to get him to the races in such good order," Richards said. "He's had a few little immaturity holdups, but he's really stepped up. He's eaten well, worked well, and we were quietly confident he'd give a good account of himself after the way he worked with Probabeel on Tuesday morning.

"I'd like to thank Brendan and Jo for their continued support, and Henry (Plumptre) lets us take our time and nothing is ever a problem. We can pick and choose where we want to head which makes it a lot easier from a training perspective and we can let the horses tell us when they're ready."

DissidentA $105,000 NZB Premier purchase from the Little Avondale draft, Louis Luck is the first winner for My Option (USA), a Group III winning daughter of successful former shuttler Belong to Me.

The current yearling from My Option is a grey filly by Dissident that will be offered by Davali Thoroughbreds at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale as Lot 552.

Newgate Farm's Dissident has had five placed runners including stakes-placed Challa, so was well overdue to get that first winner.

Dissident has had 21 yearlings sell during Book One at Magic Millions at an average $126,429.