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Kim Craft looks certain to head to Sydney with Lucky Dubai after the sprinter ended the stable’s city drought at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Lucky Dubai got up in the last bound to edge out topweight Femina Fashion by a head in the Avant Garde Recruitment Handicap (1500m).

Win a Million was a further half-length away third.

An emotional Craft, who is based at Caloundra, dedicated Lucky Dubai’s win to her late father, Col Harwood.

“I lost my Dad a few months ago and this win is for him,” Craft said.

“Dad died on July 27, the same day as my mother’s birthday.”

Craft picked out the race for Lucky Dubai before the mare resumed at Doomben in September.

“Unfortunately there’s nothing around for her until December so I’ve arranged to get a NSW calender and I’ll see what is available in Sydney for her,” Craft said.

Craft had not saddled a Brisbane winner since her recently-retired Toptwo was successful in a restricted midweek race at Doomben on January 5.

Trainer Trevor Whittington will press ahead with plans to send Femina Fashion to Melbourne for the Group Two Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 5.

Femina Fashion looked to have the race won but laboured under her big weight over the concluding stages in the heavy conditions.

“It was an enormous run and had the track not gone to heavy during the day I reckon she would have won,” Whittington said.

Femina Fashion made her spring comeback with a first-up fourth to More Strawberries in the Listed Tibbie Stakes (1400m) at Newcastle on September 15.

Meanwhile, trainer Rob Heathcote won’t be rushing off to Melbourne with Fillydelphia despite the mare’s impressive comeback win in the Australian Financial Advisers Quality Handicap (1300m).

In a daring ride by Jim Byrne, Fillydelphia was set alight before the home turn before scoring by three lengths over Mr Slick.

Fillydelphia was having her first start since failing in the Group One Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm in June.

Heathcote, who was in Melbourne to saddle up Woorim in the Group One Toorak Handicap, considered scratching Fillydelphia when the track was downgraded to heavy during the day.

“I knew she’d be fit enough but I was a bit undecided about running her on the heavy track,” Heathcote said.

“I won’t decide on a Melbourne trip until after she runs again in a fortnight.”

Byrne was impressed with his first ride on the daughter of Bianconi.

“She ticks all the boxes but I didn’t want to knock her around too much in her first run back from a break,” Byrne said.

“She’s obviously a stayer and has a long campaign ahead of her.”


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