Luva ready made for the Oaks trip

The Sportsman Special Issue - - 72 - MATT JONES

TRAINER John Sar­gent is re­ly­ing on Luvaluva’s stay­ing abil­ity to up­set hot favourite Aloisia in to­mor­row’s $1m Group 1 Kennedy Oaks (2500m).

Sar­gent iden­ti­fied the Master­crafts­man filly early on as an Oaks horse and she lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions on Satur­day by win­ning the Group 2 Wake­ful Stakes (2000m) at Flem­ing­ton.

Thirty-five horses have won the Wake­ful and gone on to win the Oaks since 1932 and Sar­gent said she would be even bet­ter suited to the longer trip.

He took her to the beach on Sun­day for a walk in the wa­ter and said it’s all sys­tems go ahead of her grand fi­nal to­mor­row.

“I thought she’d go well on Satur­day. That’s how I thought she’d run and she hit the line strongly so out to 2500m on Thurs­day will suit her even bet­ter,” Sar­gent said.

“Be­ing out of a Galileo mare, the fur­ther she goes the bet­ter.”

Sar­gent won the Oaks in 2013 with Kir­ramosa but said Luvaluva is more of a nat­u­ral over the trip.

“She’s more of a stay­ing type of horse com­pared to Kir­ramosa who had more bril­liance. She’s more of a stayer,” he said.

“I think she’ll be a good 2400m or two-miler next year. Her main aim has been the Oaks.”

Aloisia was great in win­ning the Vase (2040m) at Mooney Val­ley on Cox Plate day and be­fore that she de­feated crack Syd­ney filly Al­izee in the Group 1 Thou­sand Guineas.

Sar­gent’s un­der no il­lu­sions as to how hard it will be to knock her off, but he knows his filly will be charg­ing to the line.

“The favourite’s a spe­cial horse. We’re bank­ing on the last 500m be­ing a test­ing 500m and is a bit of a stay­ing test so we can take a bit of the bril­liance out those other good ones,” Sar­gent said.

“She’s drawn wide and can get back so the smaller the field the bet­ter.

“We’ll just ride her how we did the other day and let her re­laxed so she can come home strongly.”

Luvaluva will have a spell af­ter to­mor­row’s race and Sar­gent plans to only give her a cou­ple of starts in the au­tumn be­fore plan­ning an­other spring as­sault.

And she could be lin­ing up in the Mel­bourne Cup next year if she con­tin­ues to progress.

“I think she’ll be an even bet­ter horse at four and five when she gets a bit older. She’s got a lot of scope and I’ve got been wait­ing to get her out to a trip,” Sar­gent said.

Trainer John Sar­gent is con­fi­dent Luvaluva will rel­ish the 2500m trip of the Oaks to­mor­row.

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