Clear favourite Lumosty has comfortably justified her favouritism at Moonee Valley Racecourse this afternoon, easily pulling clear of all her rivals in the final straight to win the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m).
Jumping from the gates well, the Fastnet Rock filly settled in prime position alongside Tender at the fore of the pack, setting a reasonable tempo over the back straight and rounding the bend.
Finding the final straight in prime position, Lumosty quickly spooled up and charged clear of the pack, finding the line more than four lengths in the clear of Tahni Dancer; a brave Berimbau running on for third.
Jockey Nick Hall delivered a perfectly-timed ride on Lumosty in the 2014 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic, and credited the addition of blinkers as key in a return to the winner’s circle this afternoon.
“A lot of respect for Robert (Smerdon) as a trainer – I’ve had a lot to do with him over the years and he knows what he’s doing so obviously the gear changed and a little bit of work with her in blinkers has sharpened her up and got the job done,” Hall said after crossing the line.
“Blinkers are a focuser; they ensure the horse is looking forward and have got their eye on the target and on the job.”
Trainer Robert Smerdon was understandably pleased with Lumosty’s performance in the 2014 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic and confirmed the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) on November 6th is likely to figure as the next competitive point of call.
“She put it together today,” Smerdon said following the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic.
“I suppose we’re always learning about horses; she was a bit off her game in the barriers on Thousand Guineas Day, Stewie Webb has had her back to the gates a few times just making her stand there and do the things she’s supposed to do.
“We put the blinkers on today, I’m not sure that was the necessarily the right thing going forward over ground but I’ll have a chat with Nick Hall and see what he thinks about that.
“She put it together today and did the job well so we’ll have to sit down and have a chat … tomorrow when the dust settles and decide what might be the next best step for her.”
Adding a second race win to a record which also includes three minor places from a total of six starts, Lumosty was backed into clear favouritism for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) last time out on October 11th, but was unable to find a good rhythm, finishing eighth.
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2014 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Results
|1||1||LUMOSTY||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||–||2||57kg||$1.70F|
|2||3||TAHNI DANCER||Clinton McDonald||Glen Boss||2.5L||4||57kg||$4.40|
|3||5||BERIMBAU||John O’Shea||James McDonald||4.25L||9||57kg||$16|
|4||2||SINGULARITY||Robbie Griffiths||Mark Zahra||4.35L||6||57kg||$61|
|5||8||KANSAS SUNFLOWER (NZ)||Luke Oliver||Chris Symons||5.85L||8||57kg||$21|
|6||4||TENDER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damien Oliver||5.95L||1||57kg||$31|
|7||6||LITTLE HOTTIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Dean Yendall||6.45L||5||57kg||$9.50|
|8||9||DAME LARGO||Andrew Sawden||Vlad Duric||12.45L||3||57kg||$301|
|9||7||HAUTVILLERS||Luke Oliver||Brad Rawiller||14.2L||7||57kg||$71|