Sar­gent’s Luva to ap­pre­ci­ate bet­ter ground in Ma­tri­arch

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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

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