“When they’re that dominant in the market, from my point of view as the trainer you get a bit anxious because of the expectation,” Smerdon said.
“We were a little bit nervous pre-race about a possible lack of tempo but at the 400 when everything else in the race was letting down she hadn’t been asked for her effort and to dominate that sort of race that way gives you confidence going forward.”
Smerdon said Lumosty would now head to Doomben in a fortnight for either the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) – where she has firmed into the outright $6 favourite with TAB – or Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m).
“It’s two weeks to the 1350m at Doomben either way and then two weeks to the Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) which gives her two chances to win a race at Group 1 level,” he said.
“If she got a run in the Stradbroke we’d roll the dice and run with the record of three-year-olds.”
WATCH: Lumosty’s impressive win
With the field splitting into two groups, Lumosty ($1.55F) settled towards the rear of the outside group before cruising into the race as the field raced onto the course proper and letting down with a blistering turn of foot to score a 2.75-length win over Le Bonsir ($17), who survived a protest from the third placegetter Reparations ($7.50) to hold second position.
The victory, which provided Dunn with the first leg of a double after he also partnered Longeron to win the $80,000 K.A. Morrison Handicap (1700m), took him to within one of Craig Williams at the top of the premiership table following Williams’ earlier win aboard Thermogenic in the $80,000 Henry Bolte Handicap (1600m).
Dunn said though he was concerned pre-race by a lack of speed on paper, he was always confident during the run.
“It was always in the back of my mind whether she was looking for 1400 and sometimes with the tempo of these races down the straight they tend to hold up and then really zip and backmarkers as we saw in an earlier race can be out of play,” Dunn said.
“When I did put the foot to the floor she really lifted, she’s a little bit special and can hopefully climb a pretty big mountain.
“She’s a top-class filly that deserves to win a Group 1 race.”
Smerdon completed a double when former Western Australian galloper Mr Utopia ($6) recorded his second victory at Flemington in three starts in the $80,000 VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Heat 1 (1400m).
WATCH: Mr Utopia’s victory