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Former North American star Mr. Feelgood is favorite

December 14, 2010
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Former North American star Mr. Feelgood is the favorite for Saturday night’s $A425,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup (2240m) after drawing perfectly in barrier three Tuesday. And the draw was also fairly kind to the other US import, Lonestar Legend, who will start from barrier five.

Mr. Feelgood’s trainer-driver Luke McCarthy let out a huge sigh of relief when Mr. Feelgood’s frustrating run of awful barrier draws ended today.

“He drew the outside in the Miracle Mile and did well to run fourth, then he drew badly on the back row in last week’s Cranbourne Cup as well,” he said.

Mr. Feelgood was held-up in traffic then lost a shoe and galloped when McCarthy asked him to sprint in the home straight when seventh at Cranbourne.

“I’ve just got to put those races behind me and this draw helps me do that,” he said.

“I’m sure he’s as good as any of these horses and now he’s got the draw to prove it. I can’t wait for the race.”

Australian betting shop TAB Sportsbet installed Mr. Feelgood $3.50 (for a $1 bet) in opening markets.

Lonestar Legend, who is gradually on the improve Down Under, is a $35 (for a $1 bet) outsider despite barrier five.

Miracle Mile winner Smoken Up is expected to challenge for favouritism despite drawing the second line (barrier nine).

The other key runner is last Saturday’s Cranbourne Cup winner Im Themightyquinn, who is a $3.80 chance from barrier two.

In Saturday night’s other feature, Down Under’s champion trotter Sundons Gift is a $1.40 favourite to win a remarkable fourth successive $A125,000 Group 1 Trotting Grand Prix (2240m).

The Chris Lang-trained nine-year-old dominates trotting ranks. He is the richest earning Australian trotter of all-time at almost $A1.2 million and the fastest with a recent 1min54.3sec mile win at Menangle’s Tabcorp Park near Sydney.

Lang is considering a second tilt at Sweden’s Elitlopp is Sundons Gift maintains his dominance in coming months.

The gelding contested an Elitlopp heat two years ago and only finished sixth, but has improved enormously since. (Adam Hamilton)
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