Cockney Crew draws decent run in Perth Cup for Capel trainer Lou Luciani

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Former jockey and horse trainer Lou Luciani pictured on his Capel property.
Camera IconFormer jockey and horse trainer Lou Luciani pictured on his Capel property. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

Lou Luciani’s seven-year-old Cockney Crew has drawn barrier six for Sunday’s lucrative $500,000 Tabtouch Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot.

The Capel-based gelding, who is six starts into his current preparation, will be ridden by Troy Turner.

Aside from the decent draw, the seven-year-old is one of 18 runners who will carry the minimum 53kg — with only Trap For Fools (58kg) and Buster Bash (56kg) not falling into this category.

Sunday will mark Cockney Crew’s first trip over 2400m in a year, after he finished a respectable sixth to Midnight Blue in the 2022 Perth Cup.

The gelding’s only placed finish during this preparation was when he finished second to Buster Bash in the Tabtouch - GA Towton Cup (2200m) earlier this month at Ascot.

In that trip, the seven-year-old led for the majority of the way on the rail and did not visibly appear fazed when the intensity increased along the river side of the track.

With less than 200m to run, Luciani’s gelding relinquished the lead to a surging Buster Bash, however he likely would have taken plenty of positives from the performance — and punters are unlikely to forget how impressive he looked.

Punters have flooded their support towards Daniel Morton-trained Alaskan God, who has been red-hot throughout 2022.

The race gets under way from 4.50pm on Sunday.

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