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Stradbroke Start Still Doubtful For Lumosty
Lumosty remains a borderline chance of making the field for Saturday's $2 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) after the connections of El Roca and Lord Of The Sky confirmed they will be acceptors for the race, reports horseracing.com.au. "No point worrying about what you can't change," trainer Robert Smerdon told Sky's Racing HQ. "She is good. I have been happy with her all through. No problems. She flies up tonight (Tuesday)." The Phil Sly and Katsumi Yoshida-owned Lumosty (Fastnet Rock-Luminous Eyes, by Bachelor Duke) has been in brilliant form this campaign, winning both her starts since returning from a long lay-off after surgery to remove bone chips from her fetlock. The talented daughter of Fastnet Rock showed the benefit of that break when clocking a sub-33 sec final 600m split to win impressively first-up at Flemington over 1100m, before scoring a stylish victory in the Listed Straight Six Handicap (1200m) at the same track on 23 May. The original plan was to run Lumosty in the Dane Ripper Stakes at Doomben this Saturday as a prep for the Gr1 Tattersall's Club Tiara (1400m) at the Gold Coast on 20 June, but the ease of her most recent win convinced Smerdon to step her up to Gr1 level. "We thought she was going well, we were happy with her and first up we went in there thinking she had a good hope of winning," Smerdon said. "But to put them away the way she did. To be fair we were never looking at the Stradbroke." He added: "You put a lot of horses in the early noms in these races just in case, she was one of those, but after her first up win we thought we would have to really think about the race and then she repeated it second up so it changed our focus." Lumosty will run in the Gr2 Dane Ripper Stakes if she fails to gain a start in the Stradbroke.