Melbourne tilt ahead for Luvaluva

Luvaluva - Bruno Cannatelli

Bruno Cannatelli

The John Sargent-trained Luvaluva will likely head to Melbourne after Saturday, where she will line-up in the Gr.2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

The multiple stakes winner finished unplaced in her last-start over 1600m on the same track earlier this month, but Sargent said she took a lot of improvement out of the race and is primed for Saturday.

“I thought she was a run away last start and she proved that, but I think after her work this morning on the course proper she should be near her peak on Saturday,” he said.

“She worked with a partner over a mile on the outside of the course proper and pulled up very clean-winded.

“We’re going to ride her cold on Saturday. Michael Walker rides and I think she is best to let the race revolve around her and leave her alone at the back and she’s got a big finish.”

The Mastercraftsman mare had a successful spring campaign in Melbourne last season, where she won the Gr.2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m), and her connections are hoping she can repeat that form this spring.

“I’m looking at Melbourne and what races (she will target),” Sargent said. “She would probably have to win or go close if we’re talking a Caulfield Cup, but we’ll see how she goes on Saturday and there are other options down there as well.”


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