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The Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley has been added to Luckygray’s autumn campaign in Melbourne.

Trainer Gino Poletti has Luckygray set to resume in the Group 1 $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 9, before the William Reid (1200m) on March 22.

Connections of the WA galloper are keen to tackle world champion Black Caviar, who is likely to receive 61.5kg for the Newmarket.

Trainer Peter Moody is not looking beyond Black Caviar’s first-up assignment, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington in a fortnight.

If she does not start in the Newmarket, she could be set for the weight-for-age William Reid.

Luckygray heads to Melbourne to chase a third Group 1 win after victories in the Kingston Town Classic (1800m) last December and Railway Stakes (1600m) in 2011.

“We’re going over for the Newmarket so we might as well go around in the William Reid as well,” Poletti said.

“It’s a Group 1 race and it will give him a look at the Valley with the spring in mind. It might also be a chance to run against Black Caviar. They (connections) think it would be sensational.”

Luckygray has also been entered for the Group 1 $2 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 20.

“He’s entered but he would be over east for a long time if he raced in that,” Poletti said.

Meanwhile, gun three-year-old Hard Ball Get was scratched from today’s Blue Heeler Handicap (1200m) after he was sold to Hong Kong yesterday.

It is believed he was purchased for a figure close to $500,000.

Hard Ball Get, trained by Simon Miller, had won three of his four starts, including the Group 3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) in December.

The West Australian

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