Wimmera: Lucas, Miss get Paul on the board early
By Josh Mackay, August 8, 2018 - 6:31 AM

Horsham trainer Paul Preusker sent out 45 winners in 2017/18 and has wasted little time getting on the board in the new season, with two wins in the first week of August. 
Preusker opened his account at Geelong on Monday with emerging galloper Stealthy Lucas ($4.20) in the 1700-metre maiden plate.
With Group 1-winning hoop Jordan Childs in the saddle, the four-year-old was forced to race a little deep, but soon found cover in midfield. 
Prior to the home turn, the son of Lucas Cranach ambled up to launch his challenge, in a two-horse war with $1.90 favourite Star Creation. 
Stealthy Lucas gained the ascendancy over the concluding stages to score a three-quarter-length win with a 7¾-length gap to third.
Preusker’s good form continued Tuesday’s Warracknabeal meeting with his honest mare Miss Coolangatta. 
The six-year-old was a $1.80 favourite for the benchmark 64 Warrack Motel Handicap (1200m), with Dean Holland riding. 
The Pendragon mare box-seated and got a charmed run behind the leaders, then commenced a sweeping run before the turn. 
Miss Coolangatta proved too classy, dashing away for a half-length win.
Street smart
Telopea Downs-based Darryl Dodson was another Wimmera trainer to score at Warracknabeal, kick-starting his season with the promising Street Style ($7.50) in the Woodbine Board of Management Appreciation Maiden Plate (1200m). 
Having just her second start, Street Style was forced to race wide, but travelled well under in-form jockey Declan Bates. 
The Street Boss mare began a searching run at the 600-metre mark, swooping on the leaders late to record a narrow win. 
Street Style looks to have ability, and it will be no surprise to see her lining up in Adelaide company soon.  

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