$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonuses*
$600 Bonus Bet
Sign-up, deposit $400 & receive $600 in bonus bets. That's $1000 to bet with!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up and get your first bet matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Missing the Vinery Stud Stakes will be no issue for Luvaluva

Trainer John Sargent has downplayed the significance of an enforced change to Luvaluva’s assault on the Group One Australian Oaks.

The one-time favourite for Saturday week’s $1 million 2400m-staying test, Luvaluva has drifted after being scratched from the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill because of an elevated white cell count.

She will now use the Group Three Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday as her final lead-up for the 2018 Australian Oaks a week later.

Confident Luvaluva will receive the necessary medical clearance when she gallops with Kerrin McEvoy aboard on Tuesday, Sargent said he was not concerned with the short turnaround.

In the spring Luvaluva won the Group Two Wakeful Stakes five days before her fourth in the VRC Oaks (2500m).

“The Vinery did space her nicely but you back up in Melbourne in the spring so I don’t think there’s any issue,” Sargent said.

“This is just a hiccup along the way. It’s not major. She’ll race then we’ll tick her over.”

Sargent said Luvaluva had not missed any work since she was withdrawn from the Vinery Stud Stakes last Thursday.

The one-time favourite for the Australian Oaks, Luvaluva has drifted to $11 with Unforgotten the $3.50 favourite.

Luvaluva resumed in the Group Two Hobartville Stakes (1400m) before claiming the Group Three Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) on March 16.

Winning at Kembla Grange reaffirmed Sargent’s belief Luvaluva was on track to emulate Gust Of Wind.

The Sargent-trained Gust Of Wind was the last horse to beat Winx in the 2015 Australian Oaks in which stablemate Thunder Lady was fifth.

“She’s probably got a bit more scope than them,” Sargent said.

“She’ll be right up there with them or above in the spring by the way she’s come up this autumn.”

Luvaluva was the $3.50 Adrian Knox favourite in the TAB’s opening market ahead of New Zealand Oaks winner Savvy Coup at $4.

 
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Racecourse: Randwick
  • DEPOSIT $400
    start betting
    with
    $1000*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $600*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $500*
    CLAIM NOW
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Jeff Lloyd announces retirement

Champion jockey Jeff Lloyd has confirmed the 2018 Brisbane winter carnival will be his last. Lloyd was a special guest...

Regan Bayliss dumped from Royal Ascot ride

Despite riding Redkirk Warrior to three Group One wins, jockey Regan Bayliss won’t get the chance to ride the champion...

Waller rules out The Everest and Melbourne Cup for Winx

Trainer Chris Waller has put to bed any rumours that Winx may run in this years $13m Everest or the...

Victorian trainer guilty of punching horse

A Seymour trainer has been found guilty of punching a horse numerous times to the head on the side of...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.