Queensland trainer Jason McLachlan will be hoping for some luck at the barrier draw when he takes Facile Tigre to Caulfield next month for a second shot at the title in the Group 1 2013 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).
The six-year-old finished third in the top tier sprint last year after jumping from barrier 16 and McLachlan is of the belief he could have gone all the way if he had a more favourable starting position.
“He should have won the Oakleigh Plate last year, he drew barrier 16 and I seem to always get the visitor’s draw when I come down to Melbourne,” McLachlan told Racing Victoria.
The son of Catbird was unplaced in last year’s Newmarket Handicap and McLachlan said he could also get a chance to redeem that result in the 2013 Newmarket Handicap.
Facile Tigre played no part at the Melbourne Spring Carnival after injury restricted him to just two disappointing starts at the Brisbane Winter Carnival
A seven-time winner from 17 starts, the Sunshine Coast gelding will be out to break a drought at the 2013 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, having not won since November 2011.
McLachlan is in good form as a trainer, with his three-year-old Saluter upsetting a number of more-fancied rivals in the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The Commands colt produced a gutsy performance to hold off the fast-finshing race favourite Sizzling by a neck.
While Saluter was ignored in the betting and jumped at $17, McLachlan was always confident he had the ability to win the Gold Coast feature.
“You watch his last few runs he had no luck and he’s a good horse, he just proved that. He came across, sat outsider the leader and still won,” McLachlan said.
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