Spell Ahead of Possible 2012 Cox Plate for Luckygray

Fresh off a win in the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes, star of the west Luckygray will have a short break ahead of a Melbourne Spring campaign that could include the $3 million 2012 Cox Plate (2040m).

The Perth-based four-year-old has earned a trip to the biggest carnival in Australian racing on the back of a winter campaign that saw him score three consecutive victories at Group level.

A son of Bradbury’s Luck, Luckygray dominated the Group 3 Roma Cup first-up by nearly four lengths before also taking out the Belmont Sprint and Saturday’s Hyperion Stakes.

The most recent win was the least convincing of all but came on the back of a lighter preparation due to trainer Gino Poletti’s concerted effort to give him the best chance of a successful spring campaign.

“I went a bit easy on him in preparation for the Hyperion,” Poletti said.

“He’s got a lengthy campaign coming up and I don’t want to be too hard on him at this stage.”

The exact spring schedule has not been confirmed for the talented gelding but earlier this month regular jockey Shaun O’Donnell said the Cox Plate was an ideal target.

“I reckon the Cox Plate is the one Luckygray should be in when entries close early for Melbourne’s main spring races,” he said.

Trainer Poletti remains cautious about outlining any lofty goals for Luckygray but has confirmed his Melbourne debut will be made in the Group 2 Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 18.

“We will give Luckygray a short let-up and his next race will be the Lawrence Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield in mid-August.”

Poletti confirmed he would return to Perth to defend his title in late November’s Group 1 Railway Stakes after taking out the event following a protest last year.

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