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Luzumova chasing first win before Europe trip

  • Tue, 12 Jun 2018
  • Mac Henry

Petra Luzumova is looking forward to a holiday next week but before she packs her bags, has a duty to perform at Forbury Park on Friday night.

Luzumova is in her first season as a graduation driver with a licence to train and has What If I'm Right on debut, drawn one in race one.

She races the mare with Balfour trainer Robert Wilson and former Waimumu trainer Billy Heads, now of Waikouaiti.

A native of the Czech Republic, Luzumova came to New Zealand in 2003 with no harness racing background and credits Heads with getting her into the game.

“I've got an Arabian stallion and mare and do endurance riding,” she said.

“I had no experience in harness racing but I got hooked.”

For the past three seasons, Luzumova held a trials driving license and was keen to continue her interest.

“I got my license because I enjoy it, I decided to train a couple of trotters,” said the Waimumu based horse-woman who to date has had eight raceday drives and started horses in seven races.

In the past few weeks, she has also helped out Wilson, while and since he was in hospital for surgery.

A four-year-old daughter of The Pres and Lady Eileen, What If I'm Right is a half-sister to De Vito, the winner of five from 19 when trained by Heads or Nathan Williamson.

She trialled three times last month in small fields, qualifying at Wyndham after a professional display.

Driven by Luzumova, What If I'm Right began perfectly, trailed the leader, pulled out to challenge across the top, led, and although nutted by the Williamson rep Hawaiian Hula, was credited with the same time.

So, what is Luzumova expecting on Friday?

“To be honest, I will be happy if she just trots all the way and gives her best.

“The last few weeks she has turned the corner and is getting an idea of what it’s about.”

Regardless, What If I'm Right has an appointment with the spelling paddock after the race and on Tuesday her trainer heads back to the Czech Republic for five weeks.