Trainer Trevor Andrews has been pleased with the building form of multiple Group 1 winner Luckygray in his return from injury and is confident he is up to the task of Saturday’s Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Belmont Park.
Posting thirteen wins and three minors through his 29 career starts so far, Luckygray has not been seen at the races since placing fourth in last year’s edition of the Roma Cup; finishing just off the pace of subsequent Group 1 winners Magnifisio and Elite Belle.
Having completed a strong barrier trial in late April, Andrews confirmed the 2015 Roma Cup will figure as the Bradbury’s Luck gelding’s first point of call ahead of likely appearances in the Belmont Sprint and Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m).
“He did what we asked him to do in the trial,” Andrews told the West Australian.
“Shaun said he was willing and he felt good. We’ve had no issues with him.
“He’ll start in the Roma Cup, Belmont Sprint and Hyperion Stakes and go out and come back to try and win a third Railway.”
Stamping his claims as one to watch in taking out a pair of minors sprints on debut over the 2010/11 summer, Luckygray broke through for a maiden win at the highest level in the 2011 edition of the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
Travelling east for the 2012 Spring Carnival, Luckygray failed to make much of an impact in two starts but returned to Perth for second in the Railway Stakes and success in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Having won the 2013 edition of the Railway Stakes most recently, the gelding out of Damah Lady has been charged with carrying a race-high 58.5kgs in the 2015 Roma Cup but will leave from the ideal barrier 2.
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