One of Victorian horseman Robert Smerdon’s three Crown Oaks bound fillies Lumosty leads the small field of nine for Saturday’s Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2014 on Cox Plate Day.
The promising daughter of Fastnet Rock joined her better fancied stable mates Fontein Ruby and Crafty, who ran one-two in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) last weekend, in the 19 first Crown Oaks 2014 acceptances taken on Tuesday.
In futures Crown Oaks odds at Ladbrokes.com.au Crafty is the $4 favourite just ahead of the currently not nominated Ethereal Stakes winner Set Square ($4.80) and Fontein Ruby ($85) while Lumosty is next best in betting at $8.
She’s also now been accepted for a lead-up assignment into the Melbourne Cup Carnival classic at Flemington on November 6, Lumosty to run in the $200,000 Group 2 Drummond Golf Fillies Classic (1600m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse this weekend.
Drawn ideally in barrier two she will be ridden by Nicholas Hall who replaces Craig Williams in the saddle.
Williams rode Lumosty for her three most recent runs including a victory over 1423m at Sale on the first of the month and her eighth to Amicus when failing to handle a distance and class rise in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11.
All the fillies in this year’s MV Fillies Classic field finished out of the money in their lead-up runs as last year’s winner Gypsy Diamond did 12 months ago.
The then John O’Shea-trained Gypsy Diamond, now with Peter & Paul Snowden, ran sixth in the Thousand Guineas before her Fillies Classic win over Gregers and went on two runs later to finish a brave fourth to Kirramosa in the $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m).
This year O’Shea, who is now the head trainer for Godolphin Australia, shoots for back-to-back Moonee Valley Fillies Classic wins saddling up his Shamardal three-year-old Berimbau in the outside barrier (9) with James McDonald to ride.
Along with Lumosty meanwhile the other Thousand Guineas graduate backing up in Saturday’s race is the fifth placed Tahni Dancer for Clinton McDonald.
Drawn in barrier four with Glen Boss to ride, the Sebring filly was a Cranbourne winner in mid-September and also finished second to Eloping in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) here at Moonee Valley the run before her Thousand Guineas effort.
Also coming off a last start fifth is the Robbie Griffiths-trained Not A Single Doubt filly Singularity while the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Tender was sixth in the Yellowglen Plate (1400m) at Caulfield last weekend, a race the aforementioned Berimbau ran one better in.
Also on the seven day back-up from that Caulfield race won by Sea Spray is the Luke Oliver-trained Kansas Sunflower who has just her fourth career start here.
Oliver has also accepted for Flying Spur filly Hautvillers on Saturday who won in the mud at Seymour two back before a dead last on October 12 at Cranbourne over 1300m.
See below for the full Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.
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Moonee Valley Race 3 (2:25pm) – 25/10/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||23×218||LUMOSTY||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||2||57kg||73|
|2||x035220x25||SINGULARITY||Robbie Griffiths||Mark Zahra||6||57kg||62|
|3||67×3125||TAHNI DANCER||Clinton McDonald||Glen Boss||4||57kg||74|
|4||3344×146||TENDER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damien Oliver||1||57kg||62|
|5||9x5216x665||BERIMBAU||John O’Shea||James McDonald||9||57kg||63|
|6||17||LITTLE HOTTIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Dean Yendall||5||57kg||63|
|7||17||HAUTVILLERS||Luke Oliver||Brad Rawiller||7||57kg||62|
|8||5×24||KANSAS SUNFLOWER (NZ)||Luke Oliver||Chris Symons||8||57kg||61|
|9||66||DAME LARGO||Andrew Sawden||–||3||57kg||56|