HOT STREAK: Love You Lucy is looking to continue her strong run of form at Eagle Farm today for trainer Barry Squair. Picture: Bev Lacey
HOT STREAK: Love You Lucy is looking to continue her strong run of form at Eagle Farm today for trainer Barry Squair. Picture: Bev Lacey

Lucy set to shine bright in the Shadow

RACING: Barry Squair’s wonder mare Love You Lucy has gone to a new level this year.

Now the Toowoomba trainer hopes she can end her preparation on the best possible note in the Listed Bright Shadow (1200m) at Eagle Farm today.

The four-year-old broke through for her maiden black-type success on May 16 in the Listed Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast.

That was backed up on June 13 at tomorrow’s venue when she gave Squair his biggest career victory as a trainer, rocketing home from near-last to claim the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes.

Love You Lucy has enjoyed a minor break since the victory, and Squair said she will be primed for another strong showing, with Glen Colless to again pilot the mare.

“She’s trained on pretty good from that,” Squair said.

“She’s had three weeks between runs and is coming along pretty good.

“Glen should be able to get over and get a bit of a good run. She tends to get back in her races, but he’s an experienced jockey, so hopefully he can get a good run on her.

“We will probably give her a break after this race, she’s done a good job this time in.”

The success of the four-year-old has seen her rating jump to 102, as she heads the weights for today’s feature.

Squair said this could potentially result in a trip interstate during her next preparation.

“We’re just going to see how she does while she’s having a break,” he said.

“We might even have to take her away somewhere. She’s getting up in the weights, so we might have to go to Sydney to try and pick up one or two races down there.

“We’ll decide after she has a spell.”

Last-start winner Jadentom is also entered into the event for Lindsay Hatch, having won in open grade at Doomben a fortnight ago.

Spirit’s Choice (Matt Kropp) is a dual acceptor for the Listed event, as well as a Benchmark 85 (1200m) earlier in the day.

Kropp has 2019 Warwick Cup winner Rosie Posie entered into that same event, as well as Rosendahl Red to race in the Benchmark 78 Handicap (2212m).

Rex Lipp has a strong hand on the program with three live chances set down to run.

Red Stina backs up from last week in the Open Handicap (1840m), while juvenile Real Fine Wine gets his chance at black type in the Listed Tattersall’s Club Stakes (1400m).

All Shiraz lines up for Lipp in the opening event on the program, the Class 3 Plate (1200m), alongside Hatch’s For My Annie and Tequila Boom for Kevin Kemp.