PB Lawrence Stakes 2012 Field Topped by Luckygray

Perth galloper Luckygray heads a strong field for Saturday’s Group 2 $220,000 2012 PB Lawerence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

The Gino Poletti-trained gelding is having his first hitout in the Victorian capital after starring in the west in recent times.

A son of Bradbury’s Luck, the five-year-old won the Group 1 Railway Stakes at Perth’s Summer Carnival and was unbeaten in three winter starts.

Luckygray completed a Group 3 treble when winning the Roma Cup, the Belmont Sprint and the Hyperion Stakes.

The horse that appears most likely to upset the Western Australian star is Cox Plate placegetter Rekindled Interest.

Saturday’s hitout will be the first of the spring for the Jim Conlan-trained five-year-old who will again be targeted at the Australasian weight-for-age championship.

Apart from last year’s Cox Plate third, Rekindled Interest also finished third in the Mackinnon Stakes and was a narrow runner-up in the George Ryder Stakes in the autumn.

Already in good form is recent Peter Moody stable addition Ready To Rip who will be chasing a third consecutive stakes victory.

Since joining the leading trainer’s stable from Queensland, the More Than Ready gelding has won both the Listed All Victorian Sprint and the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes.

Another in-form horse included in the field is Seymour-based gelding Zamorar who has finished in the top three in his last six starts.

The David Bourne-trained five-year-old is yet to score victory at stakes level but has come close on a number of occasions, finishing runner-up in the Creswick Stakes and Bletchingly Stakes and third in both the Monash Stakes and Aurie’s Star Handicap.

Other horses set to run in the PB Lawrence Stakes include German import Seville and last-start winner Bare Knuckle.

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PB Lawrence Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 350x00438x FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes TBA 13 59kg 104
2 721834x26x HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price Craig Newitt 11 59kg 114
3 x11115x111 LUCKYGRAY Gino Poletti Shaun O’Donnell 6 59kg 109
4 41533x625x REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Steven Arnold 9 59kg 112
5 202234x94x SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 4 59kg 106
6 1268282×11 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 3 59kg 100
7 11x704x0x6 MR CHARD Dean Lawson Dean Holland 2 59kg 97
8 7x543x1106 SECOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Chris Symons 5 59kg 100
9 1399×00343 PRINCE OBAMA Jason Clifford Glen Boss 1 59kg 87
10 711186195x GUNS AT FIVE (NZ) Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 7 59kg 89
11 4×14212323 ZAMORAR David Bourne Damien Oliver 12 58.5kg 95
12 x217439x95 MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth Steven King 8 58.5kg 80
13 23843×2331 BARE KNUCKLE Adam Logan Darren Gauci 10 58.5kg 60