It took a while to snare his first win since returning from six months off the scene with a severe neck injury but Luke Currie made it count as Pretty Brazen upstaged her more fancied rivals to claim the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington.
Currie returned to riding on August 28 after suffering neck and rib fractures in a fall at The Valley in February.
He had gone 23 rides in his comeback without snaring a winner but that all changed as last year’s Sandown Guineas winner Pretty Brazen swooped to score an impressive win in the Let’s Elope (1400m).
Trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy will now give consideration to backing the four-year-old mare up in next Saturday’s Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.
Pretty Brazen wasn’t wanted in the market, sent out a $20 chance as punters zeroed in on Savatiano and Arcadia Queen.
Arcadia Queen finished strongly for second, with TAB trimming up the WA Group 1 winner from $8 to $4.50 in the Underwood Stakes, while Godolphin galloper Savatiano was disappointing and finished eighth after leading.
But it was all honours to Currie and Pretty Brazen who was purchased for $700,000 as a yearling.
Currie admitted it was great to break the drought and said he never once feared his riding career was finished.
“It’s been a while. I think my last win was on the State Of Origin (AFL) day here which was quite a while ago now,” Currie said.
“A long time between drinks but it’s worthwhile winning.
“I had good support from family, (Doctor Gary Zimmerman, my physio and of course the surgeons and all the staff at the Royal Melbourne.
“They filled me with confidence and I was never in doubt about coming back.”
Arcadia Queen has had her issues in the last 12 months but co-trainer Grant Williams was delighted with her second-up run.
Originally published asLuke Currie’s comeback complete with Let’s Elope success
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