Hula - again!
Feb 22, 2013
It was a great disappointment when the highly promising Hula Lua missed out on a run as emergency in last year's Queensland Oaks - Michael Kent still confident that she would've run a bold race.
"It turned out to be an expensive trip for the owners," he said, "but I am happy that I am paying them back a bit now!"
More mature this time around, Hula Lua has been racing in flying form this time in and on Friday night she recorded her second strong Moonee Valley victory in a row.
Getting back on the rails from an inside gate, Hula Lua had to be ridden cleverly and in-form apprentice Alex Forbes proved up to the task - getting his charge out and rolling before the turn.
It was at that stage that the tough mare Manila Jewel - a Moonee Valley specialist who has won three races at the track - kicked, meaning that Hula Lua really had to find.
And she did just that, wearing the eventual runner up down stride by stride before drawing clear late - her win a soft one.
"She was always going to get back on the inside," Kent said, "but she was very strong late."
Successful at half of her eight starts to date, Hula Lua looks to have bigger things in store - Kent confident that she can measure up in stronger company.
"We hope to get up to stakes level at some stage," he said, adding that the Sydney Cup is a likely target.
"It is hard to say at this stage how strong that race will be with so many internationals around but she will stay and she likes the sting out if it happens to be a wet autumn."
Congratulations to Hula Lua's very happy owners Andrew Reichard, Michael Hewett, the Darling Heart Syndicate (manager Peter Matthews), John O'Brien, Maria Vidovich, Robert Hewett and Charles Fipke.