Lucciola, and her mate Lucy Warwick, made it seven straight wins, and a total of nine wins from 11 starts this season, when they combined to win the Ron Adams Forgotten Birthday Handicap (2100m).
Trainer Justin Warwick confessed to being worried when Lucciola, running third on the rails, appeared to be cramped for room, in the home straight when attempting to make her move.
“I thought Lucy was going where angels fear to tread but she was determined to blast through,” her father, trainer Justin Warwick, said.
True Gold loomed as a danger after moving up to pacemaker Verdello Blue (ultimately fourth), turning for home.
‘I was worried at the 200m stage,” Lucy Warwick confessed. “She took a while to accelerate and True Gold seemed to have plenty of speed. In her other races she has moved away from them by that stage but it took a bit longer today.”
Maybe, but at the end the diminutive grey mare still had a convincing half length margin to spare.
Justin Warwick’s other runner, Dubai Escapade, ran on well from the rear to finish third and was not helped when the pace slowed after the first 400-500m of the race.
Warwick said Lucciola would possibly have one more run before a spell.
“She still appears happy to go for her exercise” he said.
Lucy Warwick confirmed Lucciola still felt as good as in her earlier victories.
After the second race Lucy Warwick’s win and place record was an impressive 38per cent from all her rides -and it got better.
Seemingly she tends to ride double victories when she wins an early race and so it was on July 20.
For the first time Neville Parnham legged her up on one of his horses and she didn’t disappoint, landing top weight Lenience an impressive victor in the sixth race over 1200m.
Going for a treble, in the next race, she was beaten on Fiddlers Elbow with New Time (Jason Brown) staving off the late challenge by a head.
Warwick’s only previous treble was at Dongara.
THRILLER: The first race saw a four horse thriller with the Fred Kersley trained Shengmu (Chris Parnham) scoring by a short head from Rule to Wyn with a nose to Well Spoken Man and a head to Castle Retreat.
Kersley said Shengmu had fought on strongly after receiving an early bump.
“She settled better than in her first race ( when she was third) and finished it off well. It was a good ride by Chris and she is tough and shapes as an ideal sprinter.”