Hype of the west Luckygray looks set for a tilt at Melbourne’s Spring Carnival and while trainer Gino Poletti is yet to decide the exact plan, one potential target could be the prestigious 2012 Cox Plate (2040m).
The talented Perth-based gelding has already collected more than $1 million in prize money on his way to nine victories from 12 starts and will have one more winter hit-out before the spring.
A son of Bradbury’s Luck, Luckygray will line up in the Hyperion Stakes on June 23 and will be chasing a third consecutive victory after winning the Group 3 Roma Cup and Belmont Sprint.
The four-year-old carried 61kg in the Belmont Sprint but still managed to storm home to win by 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Reimbursement.
Trainer Poletti was reluctant to commit to any concrete spring plans but will definitely be taking the exciting product to the Victorian capital.
“Plans for his Victorian trip will not be definite until after the Hyperion,” Poletti said.
Luckygray’s trainer may not yet be convinced he is ready for a Cox Plate start but one person who is confident it is the right target is jockey Shaun O’Donnell.
O’Donnell has been in the saddle of the rising star in his last seven starts including the Group 1 Railway Stakes last November and described him as the best horse he has ridden.
“I reckon the Cox Plate is the one race he should be in when entries close for Melbourne’s spring races,” O’Donnell said.
“It could be his best distance.”
Carrying a prize pool of $3 million, the Cox Plate is the richest weight-for-age event in Australia and holds prestige within racing circles worldwide.
Some of the more well-known champions include Phar Lap, Saintly, Makybe Diva and So You Think.
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