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Luckygray heads to Melbourne today
Luckygray heads to Melbourne today

Star galloper Luckygray flies to Melbourne today after being crowned last season's WA Horse of the Year and impressing in a track gallop at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Luckygray won the Perth Racing WA Horse of the Year and WA Racehorse Owners' Association leading four-year-old and older awards at Saturday night's WAROA-Perth Racing awards gala.

His 2011-12 season was highlighted by a victory on protest in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and a clean sweep of his autumn-winter campaign with wins in the Roma Cup (1200m), Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Hyperion Stakes (1600m).

The brilliant five-year-old tuned up for his interstate debut in a track gallop with the Dan Morton-trained Zester. He trailed Zester by a few lengths at the 600m and hit the line strongly, about one length clear of Zester, after he was ridden out by race rider Shaun O'Donnell over the final 200m.

Trainer Gino Poletti has his stable star set for the P B Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday week.

"I was very happy with that," Poletti said of Luckygray's track gallop.

"The track was a bit wet, which was good because we might run into some wet tracks over there. I'm not sure how he'll travel so he won't gallop again until Tuesday week."

O'Donnell told Poletti after the gallop: "He could have gone another lap. He felt terrific."

O'Donnell will maintain his association with Luckygray in Melbourne, with the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 1 to follow his run in the Lawrence.

The Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on September 15 is also a possibility.

Poletti is keen to test Luckygray at the track with a view to next year's Cox Plate.

Poletti is hoping connections of superstar mare Atlantic Jewel, who is unbeaten from seven starts, opt for the Cockram Stakes (1400m) instead of the Lawrence.

Champion WA galloper Northerly, who died earlier his year, was honoured with the WAROA Legend award on Saturday night.

Other award winners were Luke's Luck (leading two-year-old), Rohan (leading three-year-old), Express A Smile (leading broodmare), Blackfriars (leading sire) and Durham Lodge Stud (leading breeder).

·Top greyhound Miata broke a race record in her scintillating 17-length win in a heat of the WA Distance Championship at Cannington on Saturday night.