West Aussie Luckygray to tuck into Caviar
Luckygray during trackwork at Ascot. Pic: WA News

Gino Poletti was in awe of Black Caviar's performance in Saturday's Lightning Stakes, but the magnitude of her win did not dent the trainer's desire to tackle the world's best sprinter in the William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 22.

If there was any doubt Black Caviar would return with her usual speed from an eight-month break, it was quashed when the six-year-old broke Special's record when thrashing her rivals in 55.40sec. in Flemington's 1000m Group 1.

Poletti's Luckygray was restrained by Shaun O'Donnell in a solo gallop at Ascot on Saturday.

"He has done enough for where he is at," Poletti said. "I saw Special run and this mare (Black Caviar) is simply tremendous.

"It will be an honour to race against her and just finish second.

"We are just five minutes down the road and it will give me an idea where we can go in the spring."

The trainer said he would take Luckygray back to Melbourne in the spring but would not go as early as he did at his maiden trip last year when Luckygray struck a bog track in the Lawrence Stakes (fourth) and then had a virus after finishing 11th in the Memsie Stakes in August.

"I will go later in the spring and have a couple of runs there and then come back for our carnival," Poletti said. "We want him to race at our carnival."

O'Donnell was given a 17-day suspension when he pleaded guilty to causing interference on Dreamaway (third) in the Detonator Stakes on Saturday, but will return to riding four days before Luckygray's first-up assignment in the $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 9.

Peter Moody is expected to accept with Black Caviar when first acceptances are taken tomorrow for the Newmarket. She is anticipated to get 61.5kg, the same weight she was allotted last year. It is 3.5kg more than she carried to victory in 2011.

WA's undefeated Barakey is set for a rematch against Queenslander Spirit Of Boom at his Melbourne debut in Saturday's Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

Spirit Of Boom finished a half-length second to Barakey in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot last November.

The Tony Gollan-trained five-year-old is part of a three-pronged Queensland assault, which includes reigning Oakleigh Plate winner Woorim, who returns from a tendon injury, and Adebisi, who earned his Group 1 title shot when he won the Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield last Saturday week.

"This mare (Black Caviar) is simply tremendous. It will be an honour to race against her.""Luckygray's trainer *Gino Poletti *

The West Australian

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