Former Mooroopna resident Mick Trevaskis will be hoping his filly Luvaluva will continue to treat him right this afternoon.
Now living in Sydney, Trevaskis, who has a 10 per cent stake in the three-year-old, will be riding Luvaluva home in the horse’s most prestigeous race yet, the VRC Oaks at Flemington.
Luvaluva has drawn barrier 10 in the Oaks and is currently rated a $7 chance behind Aloisia ($1.70) and Pinot ($6), but Trevaskis’ rivals do not faze the thoroughbred lover.
‘‘It’s bloody exciting, I never expected it to be this good,’’ Trevaskis said.
‘‘I’m in it with four of my mates, we have a 10 per cent stake each while the Seymour Bloodstock group have the other 50 — we can’t believe it.’’
Trevaskis has had shares in a number of horses during the years and his biggest scalp was owning a percentage in Mummify, along with Tatura’s Paul Ryan, during its 2003 Caulfield Cup win.
‘‘You live in hope when you buy a share in a horse, some are beauties and then others just let you down,’’ Trevaskis said.
‘‘I don’t know why we do it, but we just do.’’
The main obstacle today for Trevaskis to have a similar feeling to 2003 is Aloisia, the filly is quite ominous given her dominant form this preparation, but Luvaluva’s Wakeful Stakes win on Saturday has Trevaskis, who celebrates his 45th birthday tomorrow, hoping for a remarkable present.
‘‘Aloisia is considered to be the next Winx, so to be in contention come the end of the race would be great,’’ Trevaskis said.
‘‘It is only a 12-horse field, so we are every chance of winning and to win it you have to be in it.’’
Luvaluva was brought by trainer John Sargent at the ready to run sales 14 months ago in New Zealand and the orders given to the trainer by the stakeholder was to get ahold of a horse capable of winning a good country cup.
‘‘It is remarkable to think we are on this ride at the minute with Luvaluva,’’ Trevaskis said.
‘‘We just wanted a reasonable horse to bring some success, but now it’s doing it on the big stage, we are just excited to think about what it can do next Spring Carnival.’’
Upon speaking about Luvaluva, Sargent is optomistic about his horse’s chances today with Blake Shinn riding the filly again.
‘‘The favourite (Aloisia) looks a very good filly, there is no hiding that,’’ Sargent said.
‘‘And when you look at how dominant she was at Moonee Valley it is easy to think that she will be very hard to beat in the Oaks.
‘‘But getting out to 2500m can sometimes bring them undone and I think my filly will relish it.’’