Robert Smerdon’s Crown Oaks-bound filly Lumosty has opened odds-on favourite to win her latest start on Cox Plate Day this Saturday dominating Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2014 betting.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock is one of nine three-year-old fillies making up the field for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Drummond Golf Fillies Classic (1600m) that runs as Moonee Valley Race 3 at 2:25pm on the weekend.
She’s drawn to perfection in barrier two with Nicholas Hall to ride and will appreciate the drop back in class here after an eighth, beaten just over three lengths, behind Amicus in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield last time out.
That was her first look at a mile and she’s tipped to improve with Smerdon looking to see if she’s worthy of joining stable mates Crafty and Fontein Ruby in the $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on November 6 during next month’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.
While the Crown Oaks bid is up in the air there are no doubts in the mind of the bookies Lumosty can win her first black-type trophy this weekend as she sits top of the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic odds at $1.85.
She’s joined on single figure by just two other runners with early market mover Tahni Dancer ($4.50 in from $5.50) and Little Hottie ($60.
The Clinton McDonald-trained Sebring filly Tahni Dancer also comes via the Thousand Guineas from October 11 having run an even closer fifth beaten two lengths by the winner.
Before that she was runner-up to Eloping in a Group 3 over 1200m here at Moonee Valley, her second start and second top three finish at the track.
Drawn in barrier five with Dean Yendall to ride meanwhile is Little Hottie for Michael Kent, the O’Reilly filly having won on debut at Kyneton before a seventh to subsequent Caulfield Classic winner Fontein Ruby in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes Day.
Kent won the race with My Emotion in 2010 and has been trying to win another ever since, coming close in 2011 with Absolutely runner third to Lights Of Heaven and Scratchy Bottom crossing fourth last year.
The next best in betting for Saturday’s showdown are then the well-tried Berimbau ($11) in her eighth start and looking to give trainer John O’Shea back-to-back wins in the race following his success with Gypsy Diamond last year, and Luke Oliver’s improving Kansas Sunflower ($17).
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