Peter Lock and Mr. Luigi Ponder Potential Australian Racing Appearance
Two and a half kilograms does not sound like much, at least to those of us who routinely watch their weight go up or down by that amount when we step of the scale to assess the damage from this weekend’s soiree, but to New Zealand thoroughbred trainer Peter Lock, it could mean the difference between his galloper Mr. Luigi taking on racing in New South Wales or remaining in the friendlier confines of Te Rapa for the time being.
Mr. Luigi won quite handily with 57.5 kg racing at Te Rapa in the BM75 Handicap (1600 m), but Lock does not want to have his runner schlepping 60 kg around the Sydney tracks if it can be avoided.
If Lock were to ship Mr. Luigi to the mainland, it would be for an abbreviated period of no longer than two months, in order to have him back in NZ for some part of the Hasting carnival.
The son of Darci Brahma and Hairini from 2010 has an impressive line, with multiple connections to New Zealand’s great Zabeel. He also has some impressive North American predecessors.
Lock would probably prefer to avoid any of Sydney’s weight-for-age races if Mr. Luigi’s age meant that he would draw top-weight against top-flight competition.