Brilliant four-year-old Luckygray, poised to be a dominant favourite in Saturday's $125,000 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont Park, will make his Melbourne debut in the $220,000 Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 18.
Trainer Gino Poletti said yesterday the $1 million stake-earner had thrived since carrying 61kg in winning last Saturday week's Belmont Sprint (1400m).
"He's spot on heading to the Hyperion," Poletti said. "Luckygray will next week begin a fortnight's break before his Melbourne preparation."
Poletti said he and Luckygray's owners agreed to tackle the weight-for-age Lawrence Stakes, formerly the Liston Stakes, and Shaun O'Donnell is booked to retain the ride.
Meanwhile, connections of Saturday's $55,000 Belmont Winter Championship (1400m) winner Capricious Lad have been left to ponder on a yearling sale decision.
Capricious Lad was sold for $80,000 to Brian Morris at the 2009 Magic Millions Perth sale, an hour before Poletti bought Luckygray on behalf of a syndicate for $46,000.
Morris, holidaying in Europe, was represented by his family at Saturday's championship trophy presentation.
They said Morris listed Luckygray and Capricious Lad, who were in adjoining stalls at the sale, as prospective purchases. But Capricious Lad cost more than expected and he ruled out Luckygray.
Trainer Sharon Miller said Capricious Lad, who formerly had hoof problems, would continue to race throughout the winter.
ˇJockey Campbell McCallum was stood down from riding at Broome on Saturday after analysts reported detection of an irregularity in a drug test sample.
ˇChester Road, winner of Saturday's tabozbet.com.au Handicap (2000m), will be aimed at the $125,000 Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont on July 7.ˇJockey Paul Harvey received an 18-day suspension for allowing winner Full Steam Ahead to shift in at the 300m in Saturday's perth- racing.com.au Handicap (1650m).
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