ROBERT Smerdon hopes a stronger than anticipated listed sprint at Flemington on Saturday can be the launching pad to a campaign where Lumosty wins her first group 1 race.
A top-level win is the target for Lumosty during the autumn, with sprints in two states on the radar for the multiple stakes winner.
Lumosty resumes in the $120,000 Bob Hoysted Stakes, 1000m, at Flemington armed with a strong fresh record having not finished worse than second in four first-up runs.
Should she perform to expectations the four-year-old is likely to head interstate.
"She's won at group 2 level and we need some group 1 form so we are tentatively looking at The Galaxy," Smerdon said.
"And on the other side of that there's the group 1 mares' race in Adelaide."
Lumosty was an impressive winner down the straight at Flemington first-up two preparations ago while last campaign she made her return in the group 2 Caulfield Sprint and charged home late to dead-heat for first.
"It's probably a bit deeper race than I envisaged when I was heading towards it, but she's had a couple of soft trials and hasn't been knocked around but she got the benefit out of them," Smerdon said.
"I think she's in a good spot."
BUZZ Punch has come up trumps again for Ballarat trainer Daryl Brown.
The 4yo gelded son of Any Given Saturday chalked up his second career success and first since June last year at Stawell on Thursday.
Buzz Punch saluted in a 0-58 handicap, 1617m, for Brown, who has had only a handful of horses to the races over the past year.
THREE Strykes ($12) has needed just two starts to get on the winners' list.
Ballarat trainer Simon Morrish produced the Stryker filly for a victory in a three-year-old maiden, 1350m, at Donald on Friday.
Three Strykes is the third offspring of broodmare Magic Tori to race, and the third winner after Gun Pit (8 wins) and Shibby (3 wins).
ANOTHER big week for the Ballarat harness racing stable of Emma Stewart.
After starting out with stable veteran Jadahson ($7.10) taking out the $30,000 Charlton Pacing Cup to complete a double on Sunday, Stewart had a treble in successive races at Kilmore on Thursday.
BURRUMBEET trainer David Magri produced Columbias Deejay ($9.10) for a win in a Tontine Trotters' Series heat, 2570m, at Ararat on Wednesday night.
This gives the five-year-old six wins in 51 starts for $43,000 in stakes and locks in start in a $20,000 final at Horsham on March 14.
Another Burrumbeet trainer Michael Stanley also saluted at Ararat.
He scored with another another from the West Australian-owned “Soho” empire, with 2yo filly Soho Angel ($3) having her first win at her third start.
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