Luva ready made for the Oaks trip
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.