Alfredtown trainer Jake Stockton is confident Luvumum can back up her strong heat showing in the final of the Griffith Pacers Cup on Saturday.
Luvumum ended a five-race losing streak with a tough effort in the second of the heats on Tuesday night.
Running marginally the quickest of the three heat winners, Stockton was impressed with her efforts.
However he’s very wary of the threat posed by Brett Woodhouse’s Million Dollar Gem, who resumed from a group three win with an impressive heat win of her own.
“I’m really happy with her,” Stockton said.
“It is going to be hard and Brett’s horse (Million Dollar Gem) will be hard to beat, but we will be in front of him and she will keep them busy.”
Luvumum has drawn 10 while Million Dollar Gem will start from the inside of the centre row if the emergency fails to get a run.
Stockton expects it will be an advantage.
“She was very impressive in the heat but hopefully no scratchings make it a little bit harder,” he said.
“Being inside the back row he’ll probably he coming off the fence last and will have to give her some start.
“He’s definitely the main chance.”
Luvumum was unplaced in three starts since returning from a successful Queensland campaign but was much improved at Griffith.
Stockton thought the conditions suited her style much more at Griffith.
“The form wasn’t super flash but it was just bad draws over the short at Wagga didn’t suit,” he said.
“We’re more a stayer than we are a sprinter and from outside barrier draws you get caught last around Wagga you just can’t make ground over 1700.
“We just needed to get her back over a longer trip and drive her like a stayer.
“She’s stronger than she is fast.”
While faced with a similar draw this time around, depending on the tempo Stockton expects the seven-year-old will be put into the race just like in the heat.”
He’ll also line up Our Sir Jack on the eight-race card and is hoping he’ll be on his best behaviour after being plagued by galloping in the early stages of his career.
“Without any bad luck I think he will be winning, but he’s just got a bit of a behavioural problem,” he said.
“But he’s got better and has trialled good twice.”
Griffith’s Canrival of Cups meeting gets under way at 6.37pm with the $13,000 feature at 8.07pm.