First Look at Luckgray Ahead of 2012 Melbourne Spring Carnival

Star Western Australian five-year-old Luckygray will step out for a public gallop in Perth on Saturday before making the trip east to compete at the 2012 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Gino Poletti-trained gelding will be given a testing hit-out between races at Belmont ahead of his first interstate test in the Group 2 Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 18.

A son of Bradbury’s Luck, Luckygray’s second Melbourne hit-out will be the Group 2 Memsie Stakes with his final race likely to come in the Dato Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on September 15.

Poletti is keen to give the Group 1 winner a testing workout on Saturday in order to have him in top condition when he heads to Melbourne early next week.

“He won’t be pussyfooting around on Saturday,” Poletti said.

“I’ll instruct Shaun [O’Donnell] to give him a solid hit-out.”

A winner of 10 of 13 starts and more than $1.1 million in prize money, Luckygray has earned a trip to Melbourne on the back of some excellent winter form.

The talented gelding was unbeaten in three winter starts at Group 3 level, taking out the Roma Cup (1200m), Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Hyperion Stakes (1600m).

The Belmont Sprint was a particularly impressive effort as he carried a huge 61 kilograms to run down the field in the straight and win by 1 1/2 lengths.

Following his Melbourne campaign, Luckygray will return home to freshen up for the major Group 1 events of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

The Perth star rose to prominence in his home town last year, winning the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes by nearly four lengths before taking out the Group 1 Railway Stakes.

Luckygray will be based at Caulfield during his time in Melbourne and regular jockey Shaun O’Donnell will travel Melbourne to assume the race rides.

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