Luckygray Heads 2013 Newmarket Handicap Weights

Perth star Luckygray has been allocated topweight of 58kg for Saturday week’s Group 1 2013 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.

The five-year-old grey gelding will be running first-up in the $1 million sprint after a Perth summer campaign where he won the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic and finished second in the Group 1 Railway Stakes.

Three gallopers have been assigned 56.5kg, including early Newmarket favourite Moment Of Change and Group 1 winners Woorim and Ortensia.

Lightly-raced gelding Moment Of Change won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes during the spring and was second to superstar stablemate Black Caviar first-up in the Lightning Stakes.

If Woorim and Ortensia run in the Newmarket both will have to turn around their first-up form after running 13th and 11th respectively in Saturday’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.

No horse has won the prestigious sprint first-up since 1917 but unbeaten Perth sprinter Barakey will be asked to achieve that feat when he carries 56kg in his Melbourne debut.

The five-year-old was a well-backed Oakleigh Plate favourite but was a late scratching after hitting his head when trying to burrow through the barriers.

Oakleigh Plate winner Mrs Onassis will not contest the Newmarket but minor placegetters Facile Tigre (54.5kg) and Spirit Of Boom (55kg) are expected to be given another chance to break through at Group 1 level.

Spirit Of Boom was particularly impressive in the Oakleigh Plate, flying home to grab third and receiving the highest rating performance from the race.

Getting in with just 50.5kg is Queensland colt Better Than Ready who has attracted plenty of hype since demolishing his rivals by three lengths in the Listed Falvelon Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Kelly Schweida-trained galloper has won five of eight starts and broke the 1200m track record at Randwick in October when winning the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes.

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2013 Newmarket Handicap – Weights

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 LUCKYGRAY Gino Poletti 2 58kg 111
2 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody 3 56.5kg 108
3 ORTENSIA Paul Messara 1 56.5kg 112
4 WOORIM Robert Heathcote 4 56.5kg 108
5 ATOMIC FORCE Darren Smith 6 56kg 107
6 BARAKEY Jim P Taylor 5 56kg 107
7 DECISION TIME Clarry Conners 8 55kg 105
8 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 9 55kg 105
9 FACILE TIGRE Jason McLachlan 10 54.5kg 104
10 LONE ROCK Robert Smerdon 7 53.5kg 106
11 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen 20 52.5kg 87
12 ALTAR Peter Snowden 18 52.5kg 95
13 AVOID LIGHTNING David Jolly 15 52.5kg 97
14 BIG BUDDIE Andrew Sawden 22 52.5kg 82
15 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 12 52.5kg 100
16 KARUTA QUEEN Peter G Moody 13 52.5kg 99
17 RIFLEMAN David Hayes 23 52.5kg 75
18 SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners 11 52.5kg 102
19 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland 17 52.5kg 96
20 UNDENIABLY Mark Kavanagh 16 52.5kg 97
21 BETTER THAN READY Kelly Schweida 14 50.5kg 97
22 LAST DAY (NZ) David Jolly 24 50.5kg 72
23 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon 19 50.5kg 88
24 SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) Danny O’Brien 21 50.5kg 85