Two possible Group 1 assignments in Brisbane are now calling for the Robert Smerdon-trained filly Lumosty after her all-too-easy 2015 The Straight Six win at home at Flemington this weekend.
The three-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock jumped the odds-on favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au in the first of two black type features in Melbourne this Saturday, the $120,000 Listed The Straight Six (1200m).
Drawn in gate nine but jumping from six after the three scratchings, Dwayne Dunn took over from Chris Parnham in the saddle of the up-and-coming youngster who was last seen beating home Pago Rock by an impressive three lengths at the track over 1100m on May 9.
Winner of the Group 2 Fillies Classic (1600m) at Moonee Valley last Cox Plate Day before her credible sixth to Set Square in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) to finish off her spring prep, the filly easily accounted for her rivals when back up in stakes company second-up in The Straight Six.
Despite some concerns from owner Phil Sly about “second-up syndrome”, Lumosty’s class shone through as Dunn guided the $1.60 favourite to an impressive two length victory over the Mick Price-trained Le Bonsir ($17).
Following the winner there was a line right across the field for second – sixth past the post, third awarded to the 60kg top weight from the outside gate Reparations ($7.50) from the stables of Lee & Anthony Freedman.
“She’s done what we thought she’d do today,” Sly said post-win.
The eventual winner got a nice jump from her mid-field draw, Dunn tucking her in just behind them in the division near the rails as the field split into two.
Letting the likes of Decircles and Le Bonsir lead them around and do the work pace-wise, Lumosty was saved with her run coming 400m from home.
Dunn angled her up and started to ask for more as she tracked up the outside of Reparations.
She answered the call from her hoop and displayed an outstanding acceleration to sprint away over the closing 100m to take it out in effortless style, a fine performance ahead of her Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival raid.
Having sat off them with cover throughout, travelling beautifully before running past them in similar fashion to her win fresh last time out, Lumosty did exactly as hoped heading towards the Group 1s in the Sunshine State.
“We’ve left a bit in the tank for the trip,” Sly said.
She’s nominated for Queensland’s richest race, the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben Racecourse on June 6, with connections now sweating on her being high enough up the order of entry to get a run.
If not, Plan B will be running her on the same day in the $200,000 Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) before a trip to the Gold Coast on June 20 for the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) for the fillies and mares.
“Hopefully she gets far enough up the order to get into the Stradbroke,” Sly said.
“Hopefully we’ll get a bit of joy up there.”
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2015 The Straight Six Results & Finishing Order
Flemington Race 6 – 23/05/2015
|1||9||LUMOSTY||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||–||6||54kg||$1.55F|
|2||4||LE BONSIR||Mick Price||Steven Arnold||2.75L||8||56kg||$17|
|3||1||REPARATIONS||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||2.85L||10||60kg||$7.50|
|4||8||GOOD VALUE||Michael Kent||Jake Bayliss (a)||2.95L||7||54.5kg||$51|
|5||10||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Stephen Baster||3.05L||9||54kg||$15|
|6||3||AERONAUTICAL||Lionel Cohen||Damien Oliver||3.15L||3||56.5kg||$12|
|7||13||LUCKY FOR YOU||Daniel Bowman||Dean Yendall||4.9L||5||54kg||$71|
|8||11||SINO EAGLE||Peter G Moody||Ms Linda Meech||6.65L||2||54kg||$16|
|9||6||DECIRCLES||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||6.75L||4||55kg||$18|
|10||2||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Tony Romeo||Chris Parnham||21.75L||1||58kg||$81|
|–||7||EXIMIUS||Mick Price||Michael Dee (a)||–||0||–||–|
|–||12||ABOUT SQUARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney (a)||–||0||–||–|
|–||5||MAY’S DREAM||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||–||0||–||–|