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Luckygray has Newmarket in his sights
Luckygray. Pic: Hollands Photgraphics

WA star Luckygray will tackle Australia's best sprinters first-up in the $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) in the autumn.

Trainer Gino Poletti confirmed the Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic winner would have his first start during Melbourne's Festival of Racing down the Flemington straight on March 9.

He is almost certain to run headlong into unbeaten sensation Barakey, who claimed the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at his most recent outing. Poletti said Luckygray would be entered for the $2 million Doncaster Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on April 11.

Poletti spelled the $1.78 million stake-earner immediately after his emphatic victory in the Kingston Town on December 8.

The five-year-old returned to pre-training on Monday.

"The Newmarket is his main aim," Poletti said. "He will be entered for the Doncaster, but whether he has another start will depend on how things go.

"I plan to get stabling at Flemington so he can have a trial up the straight before the Newmarket."

Poletti gave Luckygray two runs in Melbourne last spring, but was hampered by rain-affected tracks.

He and principal owner Ross Drage, who he was introduced to by long-time client David Reed, will be hoping that doesn't happen again.

Poletti's first horse for Drage was Tribulot, who won five times from 25 starts between 2003 and 2005.

"David met the Drages on a cruise 20 years ago," Poletti said.

"They were looking for a trainer and he recommended me.

"David gave me my start when I moved down to Ascot from Kalgoorlie 22 years ago and he also has helped get me my best horse."

Meanwhile, Perth Magic Millions graduate Sky Empathy made a big impact on debut when storming home to win by a length over 1200m at Kranji in Singapore last Friday night.

Sky Empathy, sold by Cape Falls Thoroughbreds for $220,000 at the 2010 sale, is a son of Fastnet Rock from Imaginaire, a daughter of Beaux Art, whose son Shamardashing ran in last week's Perth Cup.