Sargent’s Luva to appreciate better ground in Matriarch
JOHN Sargent is telling punters to completely ignore Luvaluva’s worst run of her career on Everest day and declaring all systems go for a return to form in tomorrow’s Group 3 VRC Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Luvaluva was never comfortable on the heavy 9 track at Royal Randwick on October 13 finishing the best part of 20-lengths behind the winner Moss ‘N’ Dale in the $500,000 Group 3 ATC Craven Plate (2000m).
“I’d forget about the Craven Plate run,” Sargent told Sportsman.
“She just didn’t handle that really wet track but she seems to have trained on well.”
Luvaluva has been known to catch the eye in barrier trials from time time but was never more impressive than when a closing four length fifth of the 10 runners behind none other than dual Everest winner, Redzel, who is also in action at Flemington this weekend.
Luvaluva has herself been to Flemington twice – coming from last of 16 to win the 2017 Wakeful Stakes five days prior her fourth placing in the VRC Oaks.
“She likes Flemington and the 2000m as well,” Sargent said.
“This race is just ideal for her. I couldn’t be happier with her going into the race actually.
“This will be the last run of campaign but she’s ‘peaked’ for this. I am very happy with expect her accordingly.”
Lulaluva races in the Seymour Bloodstock colours which will be on show in Sydney as well on unbeaten Sebrakate who lines-up in the ATC Girl’s Day Out Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Sebrakate is a trained by the Hayes/ Dabernig crew and won his first two starts in Adelaide last month both over a 1000m.
The Gerry Harvey-bred Sebring colt is out stakes-winning mare Kakakakatie and was purchased by Seymour Bloodstock for $150,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in January.
Trainer John Sargent is confident Luvaluva will improve on a firmer track in the Matriarch Stakes at Flemington tomorrow. Pic: Grant Guy