Harrington keeping Lucky Vega over a mile

06 May 2021 00:48:22 GMTPlus10

Jessica Harrington is keen to keep 2,000 Guineas third Lucky Vega at a mile for the time being following his superb effort in last Saturday's Classic at Newmarket.

The son of Lope De Vega was a smart juvenile last year, winning two of his five starts including the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August.

He then finished a never near fifth up in trip in the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes, not getting the clearest run, and was just touched off by Supremacy in the Middle Park Stakes.

The mile was a big question on his return to Newmarket's Rowley Mile but he saw it out well, sticking on admirably under Shane Foley to finish half a length behind winner Poetic Flare, who Harrington is keen to take on again.

The Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on 22nd May may be another opportunity for Lucky Vega to win a Classic, while the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot is an option mentioned by the trainer. He also has the option of running over shorter at that same meeting in the Commonwealth Cup.

Harrington said: "He ran an absolutely smashing race and what I loved about him was that he was coming back at the front two in the closing stages.

"He seemed to stay the trip, went on the ground and did everything right. I'd say the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes are possible for him at the moment."

Lucky Vega is 4/1 to win the St James's Palace Stakes and 999/1 for the Commonwealth Cup.

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