Luna Rossa in and Xtravagant out

Luna Rossa, who will be back to Trentham, the scene of this juvenile win last March

Luna Rossa, who will be back to Trentham, the scene of this juvenile win last March.

Pre-post favourite Xtravagant is out of Saturday’s Gr.1 J. R. & N. Berkett Telegraph while high-class Cambridge filly Luna Rossa has been confirmed to take on the older horses in Trentham’s sprint feature.

Xtravagant was withdrawn from the race after he failed to gallop up to expectations at Matamata this morning, but the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Luna Rossa has been given the green light to resume in the Telegraph.

“She won on the course and at the distance as a two-year-old and it’s a race we’ve been thinking about for her for a while,” said Baker.

“She’s a good filly with plenty of speed and she’s really come up well. With only 52.5kg on her back she’ll be ready to go.”

Matthew Cameron has been booked to ride Luna Rossa, last season’s Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes winner.

“She won a trial well here at Cambridge and she’s by Written Tycoon and they’re flying,” said Baker.

Luna Rossa also galloped in good style at Cambridge this morning in company with her temporary stablemate, the Victoria sprinter Odyssey Moon, who won the Gr.3 Standish Handicap at Flemington last start for trainer Robert Smerdon.

“They both went well in a working gallop over a 1000 metres,” said Baker.

– NZ Racing Desk.