Lucky Sham wins Highway in famous Thompson colours

The Neil Godbolt-trained Lucky Sham won the 1200m Class Three TAB Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Bradley Photos.

It was an emotional finish to the TAB Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick on Saturday. 

The Neil Godbolt-trained Lucky Sham was able to hold on for a win in the 1200m Class Three Highway Handicap for jockey Rachel King, with the Shamexpress mare taking out the event as one of the outsiders, paying $37.30 on the NSW tote.

In winning, Lucky Sham edged the Brett Robb-trained Boom Boom Basil (Sam Clipperton) in second, while in third was the Cam Crockett-trained Cracking Mo (Brooke Stower). 

Owned by Simon and Alyson Thompson, the four-year-old raced in the same red and white colours made famous by Simon’s grandfather, the late Arthur Thompson, while the same silks were also worn in many victories by champion hoop, Robert Thompson. 

Simon Thompson, representing the Godbolt stable at Royal Randwick, explained it was their first Highway Handicap winner, and he thanked his wife for putting in the hard yards with Lucky Sham ahead of her Royal Randwick win.

“It is our first highway winner,” Thompson said. 

“We have only brought two previously and it’s our first one and we are very happy.

“A lot of credit has to go to my wife (Alyson); she has done a lot of hard work with this horse.

“We own her ourselves and she has put a lot of groundwork in with her and that’s why she deserves a lot of credit.”

The Port Macquarie runner has now won four times from 12 starts, earning connections approximately $100,000 in prizemoney, and Thompson explained that is why they targeted the $100,000 country-only race.

“She is a class four now, and we can’t (target anymore Highway Handicaps) but that is why we are here today (Saturday),” Thompson said. 

It was a good win for Lucky Sham, with King able to get a soft sit in behind the pace before peeling three-wide on the home straight to win in a tight finish. 

“It mapped really well, and she got that beautiful run just in behind the speed and she is just a really genuine horse,” King said. 

“Once she got her head in front, she definitely wasn’t going to let that other horse (Boom Boom Basil) fight back, and it gave her a real race and credit to her; she tried hard and coped okay on the heavy track.”

Saturday’s TAB Highway Handicap signalled a return for the popular country-only race following the Sydney autumn carnival, and on Saturday a 1400m Class Three Handicap will be held at Royal Randwick.