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Luckygray impresses ahead of interstate debut
Luckygray impresses ahead of interstate debut

Brilliant five-year-old Luckygray impressed in a track gallop at Belmont Park ahead of his interstate debut.

Luckygray worked with the Dan Morton-trained Zester, picking him up in the final 200m to hold an advantage of about one length on the finishing post.

The son of Bradbury's Luck flies to Melbourne on Monday with the PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield on August 18 his first-up target.

Trainer Gino Poletti was thrilled with the hit-out.

"Shaun (O'Donnell, jockey) said he felt terrific," Poletti said.

"He was very pleased more so with his relaxed nature and the most important thing was he got a dead 5 track.

"We might run in to some wet tracks over there.

"The hardest thing was holding him back and not over-training him.

"I'm not sure how he'll travel so he won't gallop again until Tuesday week."

Luckygray won last year's Group 1 Railway Stakes on protest over He's Remarkable.

He took all before him in a short autumn-winter campaign at Belmont with wins in the Roma Cup, Belmont Sprint and Hyperion Stakes.

Profound Effect scored an impressive win in the Westspeed 3YO Handicap (1200m), claiming the scalp of hot favourite Magnifisio.

Profound Effect ($6.50) came from fifth on the turn to catch Detection ($9) by a short neck on the line with Magnifisio battling on for third.

"We bred him ourselves," trainer Phil Humann said.

"He's always shown a bit of ability and has to be ridden back in the field.

"He'll go on to a 1400m race in a fortnight."