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Star Western Australian galloper Luckygray may be favourite to win the Group 2 2012 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) but he will have to do so in conditions he has never faced before.
A winner of 10 of 13 starts, the Gino Poletti-trained gelding has arrived for his first start in Melbourne with plenty of hype surrounding him.
But the $3.10 favourite will have to overcome an early obstacle as he will be having the first hitout of his career on a wet track.
Currently rated as heavy, with showers and cold weather unlikely to see the surface improve, Luckygray is in for a tough initiation at Caulfield tomorrow.
Poletti said the wet track does create some concerns for his stable star and admits he is unsure how he will handle the difficult conditions.
“I can’t change the fact he hasn’t been on it before so we’ll just go into the race knowing he’s fit and well and see what happens,” Poletti said.
“But he will be very competitive if he gets through the wet.”
Despite having the option of a plethora of star Melbourne jockeys, Poletti has elected to stick with regular rider Shaun O’Donnell for tomorrow’s test.
The Perth jockey has ridden him in his eight most recent starts, piloting him to victory in the Group 1 Railway Stake in the summer and a Group 3 treble this winter.
The exact spring schedule has not been mapped out for the son of Bradbury’s Luck but it is believed he will head to the Group 2 Memsie Stakes on September 1 before Poletti and connections decide what route to take.
Along with the wet track, Luckygray will also have to overcome a quality field that includes Cox Plate placegetter Rekindled Interest and in-form gelding Ready To Rip.
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