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A horror draw and hefty top-weight for Saturday’s Magic Millions Cup 2018 at the Gold Coast has not stopped the Darren Weir team behind Lucky Hussler from heading into the race full of confidence.
In a capacity field of 16 for the Restricted Listed $1 million Woodford Reserve Magic Millions Cup (1400m), Weir’s veteran Husson eight-year-old Lucky Hussler will jump from the second widest barrier carrying 61kg.
It is a big ask for the $2 million earner, the galloper chasing his first win since a three length romp home at The Valley on Cox Plate Day in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) back in late October.
Weir’s stable foreman Jarrod McLean though believes Lucky Hussler is a genuine chance with the old warhorse going as good as ever.
“I am absolutely rapt in him,” McLean told Racing Victoria on Wednesday.
Lucky Hussler began his career at the Gold Coast back in 2012 and won the 2016 edition of the Magic Millions Cup.
He contested the race again last Queensland Summer Racing Carnival and in a blanket finish was just over a length beaten when seventh to Testashadow.
“This is my third time up there with him and obviously it was great winning a couple of years ago and then last year he was most unlucky,” McLean said of Lucky Hussler’s affinity with Gold Coast racing.
‘He’s rock-hard fit. Two years ago with he and Mahuta, they did all their work together and you probably couldn’t have had two horses in any better order than those two on that occasion so while it’s fair to say he’s not in that sort of order, but we’re really pleased with him.
“If he can get a crack at them, at the weights he can give it a real rip.”
One of the gallopers sweating on a flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast, Lucky Hussler secured transportation and touched down on the Glitter Strip on Tuesday evening.
After being ridden by Damian Lane to a last start fifth when two lengths off the winner carrying 60kg at Sandown-Hillside on November 18 in the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), Lucky Hussler will reunite with hoop Blake Shinn first-up in the Magic Millions Cup.
Shinn was on for Lucky Hussler’s Crystal Mile success as well as the disappointing second last when 13th to Shillelagh in Flemington’s Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“He had a reverse trial at Warrnambool on Monday and he went really good,” McLean said.
“Obviously gate 18 is not ideal but he’s a horse that gets back anyway and at some stage in the race Blake is going to have plenty of rump steak in front of him but if he can get clear running and let him rip, I’m sure you’ll see him at his best.”
The latest Magic Millions Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au list Lucky Hussler as a $9.50 chance, one of just four hopes under $10 for the win.
Clear favourite in Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup betting this summer at $3.60 is the also widely-drawn Care To Think who will jump from gate 16 of 16.
Matthew Dunn prepares the So You Think four-year-old who chases his fifth win on the trot and third straight this summer after successive Doomben victories in December.
Weir meanwhile also saddles-up the flying market mover Ozi Choice ($14 into $11) who comes off three consecutive victories and Snitzel four-year-old Nikitas ($41) who is a dual placegetter at the Gold Coast.
Get behind Lucky Hussler in the Magic Millions 2018 Cup at the best summer racing odds online today through Ladbrokes.com.au.
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