After Mugatoo’s second place last year, Kris Lees is hoping to do better in Group 1 The Metropolitan on Saturday at Randwick.
Kris Lees must have been sweating on a departure from the Metropolitan for promising Luncies sojourn, but now expects the import to make its presence felt with a lightweight in Group 1 at Randwick on Saturday.
Luncies was the first urgency for the remaining $ 750,000 test until he received a lunchtime race Wednesday when Chris Waller struck out shared ambition from the race.
Iffraaj’s son is one of four shortest runners in weight and will only carry 50kg in the remaining 2,400m test with Robbie Dolan booked to ride.
He made his debut in Group 1 just his 12th start to his career and in his fourth round of this preparation after having played in the Coffs Harbor Cup, the Premier’s Cup and the Newcastle Cup in the lead.
“He has only run a little yet but is giving us the indication that he wants 2400m and I think he will go even further in time,” said Lees.
“If you look at his benchmark he could probably be put in a slightly smoother race than this, but with light weight it’s worth giving it a chance.
“No doubt he will be better in 12 months, but I think he has a lot of advantages and that he remains a good stay.”
Lees’ star rider Mugatoo, who continues to recover from a tendon injury, finished second at the Metropolitan last year and Luncies has gone through similar preparation as his teammate in 2020.
Mugatoo won both the Premier’s Cup and the Newcastle Cup before finishing second behind Mirage Dancer in the Group 1 main event.
Luncies followed a fifth place in the Coffs Cup with a seventh in the Premier’s Cup in Group 3 before finishing fourth in Lees’ last start in the Newcastle Cup in Group 3 on 17 September.
“He made a lot of progress on every run and I think he got even better,” said Lees.
“It’s a question of whether Newcastle’s form is the right form line for the race, but it looks like it’s going to be a great race for horses with no weight, which he has, and you won’t find much. Stronger light riders (than Robbie Dolan).
“He has a smooth draw and should be able to get a smooth stroke.”
TAB opened Luncies for $ 26 when the final field market opened on Tuesday, but the five-year-old now has a $ 16 chance with his place in the race secured. Montefilia is the favorite at $ 5.50.
Lees indicated that the $ 500,000 ATC St Leger Stakes (2,800m) on Everest Day (October 16) or the Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2,400m) the following week were the two options for Luncies the following Saturday.
Originally published under the title First Emergency Luncies Can Enjoy Lightweight In Group 1