Speculation Perth star Luckygray would contest the 2012 Cox Plate has been buried by trainer Gino Poletti who has outlined the full spring schedule for the in-form four-year-old.
The Bradbury’s Luck gelding has won 10 of 13 starts, including three unbeaten this winter, which lead to talk Poletti may consider a tilt at the prestigious weight-for-age event.
But the Cox Plate assault will wait for another year with Poletti detailing a four-race Melbourne campaign that will begin in August before returning to Perth to defend his title in the Group 1 Railway Stakes.
Luckygray will make his Melbourne debut in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes before contesting the Memsie Stakes, Dato Chin Nam Stakes and the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Poletti will have one eye on the future with his stable star, with the Dato Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley set to provide a test to see how he handles the tight-turning track ahead of the 2013 Cox Plate.
“We will just take each race as it comes and go across to Moonee Valley for the Dato Tan Chin Nam to give him a look at the track and to see how he handles it with an eye towards the Cox Plate the following year,” Poletti said.
Luckygray has been the talk of the west this winter, winning three consecutive Group level races including the Belmont Sprint which he won by 1 1/2 lengths despite carrying 61kg.
Fellow Perth horse Playing God will play a much smaller role in the Melbourne Spring Carnival and will head east for just one start in the Group 1 Emirate Stakes.
He will then return home to contest a series of quality events at the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
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