Gino Poletti is not concerned by fitness but remains cautious over the sprint distance ahead of Luckygray’s return to racing in the $125,000 Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Luckygray resumes after last year’s breakout summer carnival campaign that resulted in four consecutive wins including the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) and the controversial Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
Luckygray finished second behind New Zealand raider He’s Remarkable but was awarded the race by stewards after jockey Shaun O’Donnell fired in a successful protest alleging interference near the 600m.
The Geraldton-owned galloper, who is nearing $1 million in prize money, rounded out his comeback with a top trial hit out over 1200m last fortnight.
“He is definitely a stronger and bigger horse who is holding his weight which he wasn’t able to do previously,” said Poletti.
“He has done everything I could have asked of him and he will be forward enough to run a race.
“The 1200m is the danger and he will be giving them a start when turning for home.
“But he is right on the mark and there will be no excuses given if he gets beaten.”
Luckygray will step out from barrier eight for jockey Shaun O’Donnell who is also resuming after recovering from bruised ribs when dislodged from Success Park on May 9.
Luckygray has a perfect fresh record and has yet to beaten with two wins from two first-up attempts.
Fred Kersley’s bid for a fourth Roma Cup trophy will rest with Grand Nirvana who won the feature sprint in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
The Scenic gelding, unplaced in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield and the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington earlier this year, trailed Luckygray in the Belmont Park trial.
The equine millionaire has drawn well for jockey Steven Parnham and will be in a prominent position from barrier two.