Last year’s Stradbroke Handicap winner Impending...
An easy first-up run in Listed company is on the cards for the returning Robert Smerdon-trained mare Lumosty this Saturday at Flemington as the four-year-old tracks towards The Galaxy 2016 in Sydney.
Caulfield horseman Smerdon will run the daughter of Fastnet Rock in the $120,000 Listed ATA/Bob Hoystead Handicap (1000m) down the straight on Australian Guineas Day ahead of tougher targets this autumn.
The dual Group 2 winning mare most recently won the Caulfield Sprint (1000m) on Caulfield Cup Day in the Spring in a dead-heat with Éclair Choice, which followed her brave third to Srikandi in the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) at the Gold Coast.
Her latest run was a sixth when beaten only two and a half lengths by the Chris Waller-trained Delectation in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) during last November’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.
She has won two of her five previous Flemington runs and the 1000m looks ideal as Lumosty looks to continue her good first-up record of two wins and two seconds from four runs.
“She had a jumpout here at Caulfield and also a trial at Cranbourne [2nd over 800m on February 22] so she’s ready to go and she has performed well down the straight previously,” Smerdon told Racing Victoria.
The race attracted 21 nominations including Kensington Stakes winning colt Headwater who is also in the mix for the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) in Sydney on Saturday and runner-up in the same lead-up race Bullpit for Flemington’s Danny O’Brien.
After Saturday Smerdon plans to take Lumosty to Sydney for a shot at her own elite level win in the $600,000 Group 1 The Galaxy (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day, March 19.
Last year the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sweet Idea became the first mare to win The Galaxy since La Baraka (1998) when she took out the short-distance feature first-up after a second in the previous year’s Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
From there Smerdon could extend Lumosty’s campaign with a trip to Adelaide for the $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) for fillies and mares at Morphettville on May 7.
“If we’re happy with how she runs here [in Melbourne on Saturday] then the idea is to go to the Galaxy and then beyond that head to the Robert Sangster in Adelaide,” Smerdon confirmed.
“She’s had a good build-up, she’s forward enough and she’s only had a short break since the spring so she’s there to run well.
“Arguably had she got clear when Dwayne (Dunn) wanted to first-up last preparation [in the Caulfield Sprint] then she probably would have won so I don’t think the 1000m first-up will be an issue.”
Dunn is riding rival Headwater in Saturday’s race, Smerdon booking Mark Zahra for Lumosty.
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