Lost And Running has set himself as a definite A$15 million Everest contender after posting his most important win to date in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes.
Trainer John O’Shea waiting to see which one of the Everest slot holders comes to court.
Lost And Running took his record to six wins from seven starts, controlling the 1300m race from the front for Tommy Berry and flattening out over the final furlong to score by 2-1/4 lengths over True Detective with Dealmaker another 1-1/4 lengths away.
O’Shea said the Luskin Star had been a campaign-long target as it was a proven Everest launchpad with several horses on the race’s honour roll going on to contest the feature sprint, including Godolphin duo Osborne Bulls andTrekking.
O’Shea already regards the gelding as the best sprinter he has trained and he could easily have been tempted to test the waters during the Sydney autumn carnival but said he took a softer route because the horse was still learning.
He believes Lost And Running will be better again next season as the progeny of his sire Per Incanto are traditionally late to mature.